Tito Jorge, Jorge Jose Leoncio de Leon y Lichauco, the aristocratic gentleman of the old world

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Jorge Jose Leoncio de Leon y Lichauco.  For me, the quintessential Pampango royal.

He was always an esteemed guest at Lola Charing’s house and it always seemed like the proverbial Red Sea would part to make way for him whenever he would arrive…

Jorge was the favorite son of the industrialist Jose de Leon y Joven of Bacolor, Pampanga and the heiress Natividad Lichauco y Fernandez of San Miguel, Manila.  Jorge’s father, Jose “Pepito” de Leon y Joven, was the only son of Pampanga’s first multimillionaire industrialist Jose Leoncio “Pitong” de Leon y Hizon and the Chinese mestiza heiress Regina “Inang” Joven y Gutierrez.

The de Leon were originally simple people but the Joven, originally “Ho Bang” [ according to Tito Jorge ], were very prosperous Chinese mestizos, originally from Binondo, who reigned over the aristocracy of patrician Bacolor town.  Several of the affluent old families of Bacolor — the Alimurung, the Panlilio, the Liongson, the Valdes, the Granda, the Gutierrez David — received infusions of additional wealth through marriages to Joven offspring in the late 1800s.

Jose Leoncio “Pitong” de Leon y Hizon was initially a hardworking entrepreneur who married the heiress Regina “Inang” Joven y Gutierrez in 19__.  They had one son, Jose “Pepito” de Leon y Joven. She died young.  He proceeded to marry her younger sister Maria Natividad “Titang” Joven y Gutierrez.  With the combined large fortunes of his two heiress wives, plus his own hard-earned capital, Jose Leoncio de Leon finally hit the big leagues when he established, along with other affluent Pampango entrepreneurs, the PASUDECO the Pampanga Sugar Development Company, which was incorporated in 1918 and began operations in 1921.  He became the first Pampango multimillionaire.  His immense fortune established the de Leon-Joven family of Bacolor at the very top of affluent Pampanga society for decades.

Faustino Lichauco, originally “Li Cha Ho” [ according to Tito Jorge ], was a Chinese mestizo who accumulated a large fortune from cattle ranching.  His wife, Luisa Fernandez, was a Spanish mestiza.  The Lichaucos lived in aristocratic Spanish style in a mansion in San Miguel district, near the Malacanang palace.  The splendor and opulence of the grand house so overwhelmed the young Jose “Pepito” de Leon Jr. that, according to their family accounts, he almost backed down from courting the young Natividad “Naty” Lichauco.

Jorge was the only one allowed to share his father’s orange sorbet at the dinner table, to the chagrin of his siblings.

Against his aristocratic mother’s wishes, he married the pretty and intelligent Raquel Valdes Gonzalez, a neighbor in Bacolor town.  What started as a coy exchange of glances from the windows of their large houses developed to an intense romance that prompted the daily exchange of letters throughout the war.  They were finally married at the Malate church on 02 January 1947.

A quiet man, he rarely spoke and he was capable of being a sphinx at the dinner table…

Like a child with a sweet tooth, he especially liked the delicate “tocino del cielo” served at the house.  He could consume several pieces and it was one of those occasions wherein his delight was plainly visible.

He was an astute real estate investor.  A cousin remembers accompanying him to see a big Elizalde house for sale along Buendia avenue [ FPN ] years ago.  He inspected it so thoroughly he even climbed up to the roof to see its real condition!  However, he saw something he did not like and did not purchase the house.

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*unfinished*

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134 Comments

  1. Rommel Rojas said,

    October 13, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    I have been searching my roots from my mom side. My great grandfather is Enrique Ponce de Leon Jr. The only thing we know that he is originally from Pampanga and moved to Davao. I don’t if he is related to this Ponce clan. Hope someone replies.

  2. Gabriela de Aquino Sinjian Erickson said,

    May 20, 2014 at 7:26 am

    Hello Louie,

    Don Bernardino Singian de Miranda was my great grandfather.
    His first wife was Dona Fabiana de Ocampo. They had three
    children: Don Christino who married Dona Angela Torres,
    Dona Dolores, a spinster and Dona Victoria who married Don
    Godofredo Hizon.
    After Don Bernardino was widowed, he married Dona Clemencia
    Gotiangco. This second marriage had one son: Don Anselmo Sinjian,
    my grandfather who married Dona Paz Soler y Mijares, my grandmother who was from Spain. Unfortunately, I do not have any information on what happened to Dolores.

    I am Gabriela de Aquino Sinjian Erickson. I am the daughter of Don Anselmo’s youngest daughter Maria (Nenita) de la Paz who married my Portuguese father Gaston Fausto de Aquino.

  3. Joleen Rodriguez said,

    December 24, 2013 at 6:25 am

    Would you like information on Virgilio L. Hizon Rodriguez? He was the eldest son of Godofredo Rodriguez and Victoria Hizon. He was the grandfather of my husband, Virgil J. Rodriguez. He died in Los Angeles in 2002. He was a prominent architect in LA.

  4. Louie Torres said,

    September 22, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Any information on what happened to Dolores, the third child of Bernardino Singian de Miranda. Who was Bernardino Singian de Miranda’s first wife?

  5. Cecile Angeles Rodriguez Buena said,

    July 22, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    tele nobela. my eye ball were like dingdo bat reading this blog.

  6. July 9, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Goodbye, Louie [ Louie Dison West ].

    Your Hizon cousin Pilar “Piluchi” Luciano Ocampo-Fernandez was so kind to inform me that you had already left us after a failed heart stent procedure this morning, Manila time.

    I will miss you terribly, my good friend [ and almost my cousin ]. But you certainly live on through the generous, accurate, and lengthy contributions you’ve made to this blog about old Pampanga and old San Fernando.

    My prayers, kindest thoughts, and sympathies to your family.

    Toto Gonzalez 😦 😦 😦

  7. February 28, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Goodbye, Tita Pilar.

    One of the last grande dames of Old Bacolor, Pampanga, Pilar Angeles Buyson-Villarama, has passed away.

    Our condolences to the family.

    Toto Gonzalez

  8. December 7, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    j:

    Please be reminded:

    From now on, comments with no real names, no email addresses that can be confirmed, and no reliable identity checks will no longer be allowed.

    Please upload your comment again with the pertinent information.

    Thank you.

    Toto Gonzalez

  9. Christopher de Leon Cruz said,

    December 6, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    JOSE LEONCIO DE LEON

    Founder of Pampanga Sugar Development
    Company,
    National Life Insurance,
    Head of Regina and Natividad Building

    by

    Christopher George de Leon Cruz

    Completed on February 2nd, 2002

    Excerpts taken from ‘The Life of Jose de Leon y Joven by Jose N. de Leon III’, The People of The Philippines vs. Gregorio P. Timbol, Et Al, and ‘In Memoriam Don Jose Leoncio de Leon y Hizon and Don Augusto Gonzalez y Sioco’, News Clippings, Philippines Today and Tomorrow, Volume 1, Year 1939.

    There is something to be said about certain things being ‘tried and tested’ as opposed to ‘new and improved’. The idea that innovation is a good thing is fairly relative to situations – it doesn’t necessarily mean that just because a product, concept or idea is new, it’s better. The same goes for matters of principles.

    Principles are ideas that shouldn’t go out of style; they are not like fads. Killing and robbing people was always considered evil in the 15th century – it’s still a bad idea to do so now. The same goes for upholding things like honesty, kindness, compassion and dignity. These are timeless principles that despite the passage of millennia still hold true in our lives and in society in general.

    Principles and ideals are one thing – the men who aspire and succeed in upholding and realizing them are another. They are a truly rare and gifted lot that manage to stand tall in the face of adversity and failure.

    This is the story of a man of principle, a man whose virtues would never go out of style, regardless of era. Here is the story of a man whom in the beginning, God had given little, but in the end he had gained much.

    Seeds of Greatness

    The man who would be known to many as Don Pepe or Lolo Pitong came from humble beginnings. Jose Leoncio de Leon was born in Bacolor, Pampanga on September 12, 1867, son of Damaso and Graciana Hizon de Leon. His father married twice – from Damaso’s union with Graciana, he had Manuel (who eventually became the governor of Tarlac), Vicente and Lolo Pitong. From his second wife, Faustina David, Damaso had three more children.

    From Spanish, Jose Leoncio de Leon translates as Joseph, lionlike, of the lion. His son, (mentioned later on), Jose Joven de Leon translates as Joseph, young lion. The names are rather appropriate as it took a lot of courage for Lolo Pitong to do what he did in life.

    The young Jose Leoncio received his primary education there and studied in San Juan de Letran in Manila. He was not able to complete his high-school education; he returned to the province and worked with his father in their farm. This he gave up after a short time and went into merchandising. Lolo Pitong began his career during Spanish times. His sari-sari store in Bacolor, Pampanga, “El Indispensable”, was a gathering place of Spanish soldiers back in the days before the Revolution. He cultivated such goodwill with them that they became steady customers and eventually, “El Indispensable” became a general merchandise store. At the same time, he was also a small town agriculturist.

    It was in this modest setting that people began to notice his strength of character. There is an account of Lolo Pitong walking many miles to another town to replace a defective lamp that was purchased from El Indispensable. He could’ve claimed that the lamp was in working order when it was purchased to save him time, money and trouble, but Lolo Pitong just did not do business that way.

    Later, he became an agent of Clayton and Shuttleworth, an English firm dealing with farming tools and milling and refining machinery. It should be noted that in spite of the fact that Lolo Pitong could not speak English, he was very successful in his dealings with this company.

    During the Philippine Revolution, Lolo Pitong’s family, and the family of his future brides-to-be, the Jovens, fled to the mountains of Pampanga. There, together with other refugees from Bacolor, they lived in evacuation camps. Food was scarce and to make a living, Lolo Pitong carried sacks of rice on his shoulders for other evacuees. He would earn fifty centavos a day for his work.

    • An excerpt from the Bulletin, July 13, 1939, “That Mr. De Leon’s wealth consists not alone in his riches and material possessions is shown by some interesting incidents in his life. When a devastating fire visited Bacolor some time in 1900, Mr. De Leon lost practically all of his wealth exclusive of a considerable sum of money and valuables which prominent residents of the province of Pampanga had deposited with him in trust. Contrary to the suggestions of his friends and even his creditors to declare himself insolvent, Mr. De Leon did not file insolvency proceedings and although it took him many years to return the money lost through the fire, he fully complied with his obligations as a party to a gentlemen’s agreement.

    • An excerpt from the Herald recounting the aforementioned incident, July 13, 1939, “During his early years as a businessman, his province mates had so much faith in his honesty that they deposited their money with him instead of in the banks. He had in this manner more than P100,000 of deposits from friends when his store in Bacolor was burned down and he could have easily alleged that the money had been burned, but he did not. His friends did not require any receipt from him for their deposits and after the fire he paid back to each depositor what he claimed as the amount he had deposited with him.”

    The incident that these accounts refer to happened upon Lolo Pitong’s return to Bacolor after the Revolution. El Bazaar Indispensable was burned to the ground, along with the rest of Bacolor either by vengeful Spanish troops or the conflict between them and the revolutionaries. He decided not to reopen the store but instead, he went into highly-successful farming ventures. He paid the debts off little by little until all his creditors were reimbursed.

    His Loves and His Life

    At the age of 19, Lolo Pitong married Regina “Lola Inang” Joven in 1886 (she was 16 at the time). She bore him ten children. All except Jose de Leon y Joven died at infancy of beri-beri (one child, Pilar, managed to survive until the age of nine).

    Regina Joven died in 1905 at the age of 37 due to a disease now known as pernicious anemia. Lolo Pitong had heard of certain English doctors in Hongkong who were reputed to be able to cure the disease. The trip to Hongkong, however, was to no avail and she eventually expired there. To further complicate matters, there were problems in transporting the body. Back then Chinese coolies had superstitious taboos about handling a corpse. Lolo Pitong hit on a creative solution – he disguised the coffin by putting it in a crate and covering it with a tablecloth, passing it off as a grand piano. The body was eventually laid to rest in Bacolor.

    He later married Natividad “Lola Titang” Joven, Regina’s sister. They had no children together but Lola Titang would raise Lolo Pitong’s son, Jose, as if she were her own.

    • TRIVIA: Fernando Amorsolo was commissioned to do a portrait of Regina Joven.

    • TRIVIA: Both Lolo Pitong and his son, Jose Joven married women named Natividad.

    • An excerpt from The Life of Jose de Leon y Joven by Jose N. de Leon III, “To write about Papa’s (Jose de Leon y Joven) life without mentioning his father, our Lolo Pitong, would be unthinkable. The intense paternal love and concern Lolo Pitong had for his only son and, on the other hand, the equally powerful filial love, care, respect and unbounded admiration Papa had for his father was a reciprocal and mutual regard rare even among children who successfully emulate their fathers and pattern their lives after their sires. The two of them formed a superb and splendid team, not only in their business endeavors but also in their father-son relationship and mutual esteem for each other. Both had many identical traits of character. Both, above all, were religious and devoutly believed in God’s love and had much faith and hope in Him. The two of them possessed the same trait of generosity for their fellow men and practiced it by helping the needy and poor, but in anonymity. Father and son were proud to be Pampanguenos and Filipinos.

    On the other hand, their respective approaches to business situations differed in many respects. Where Lolo Pitong was daring, progressive and a risk-taker, Papa was the cautious, careful type, moderate and conservative. It may seem strange that it was the elder of the two who was the bold one.”

    In addition, he was a man of great frugality. In one of his more popular photographs, Lolo Pitong is seen wearing glasses with one of the legs missing. This is not a photographic error. It seems that after he accidentally broke them, Lolo Pitong felt that the cost of having his glasses repaired was an expense he could do without. Rather ironic, considering his wealth. He was often quoted as saying that he would give up half his wealth in order to preserve the other half.

    Lolo Pitong also made sure that his only son knew the value of money. His brother-in-law, Pepe Joven, wanted to lend Jose Joven de Leon a pair of silk socks for use in school but Lolo Pitong wouldn’t hear of it. He didn’t want Jose to get used to luxury items that he himself couldn’t afford.

    From Vision to Realization

    He was always known as a man of foresight and vision. When the Philippines began assimilating American culture in the early part of the 1900s, Lolo Pitong sensed that it would be prudent for his son to be prepared for the inevitable transformation of Philippine society from the Spanish-dominated era he came from. Lolo Pitong decided that after Jose de Leon y Joven completed his law studies, his son should learn English. He sent his son to England, reasoning that it would be better if the young man were to learn the language in the place where it came from.

    It was this uncanny mix of common sense and sharp intuition that paved the way to his eventual success. He was one of the first Filipinos to dedicate their efforts to the development of the sugar industry. It was his vision that Pampanga become a sugar-producing province. His timing was impeccable; shortly after obtaining the agency of Clayton and Shuttleworth, landowners in Pampanga began to develop and plant sugar crops. It was a golden opportunity but it would be fraught with frustration and various challenges.

    It was in 1918 that Lolo Pitong, together with his business partners, decided to found the Pampanga Sugar Development Company (Pasudeco) with the purpose of creating a sugar central in their province. President Quezon himself warned the Kapampangan businessmen that the enterprise was too ambitious. There was a powerful Hawaiian-backed sugar firm in the neighboring town of Del Carmen and Quezon was worried that they would quash the efforts of Lolo Pitong’s group because of their vast resources. In spite of that, after years of hard work, intrepid decision-making and seemingly endless frustrations, their work began to bear fruit. Pasudeco prospered and diversified, and so did Lolo Pitong.

    He was president of Pasudeco from its founding to 1939, vice-president of the Central Luzon Milling Company, member of the board of Direcors of the Philippine National Bank. During the American regime, he was also appointed as a member of the Land Assessment Board of Pampanga and Municipal Councilor of Pampanga. Lolo Pitong owned real estate in Manila, including Sinagoga Apartments, the Roxas Building (since renamed the Regina Building, in memory of his late wife) and the Gaches Building (since renamed the Natividad Building, renamed after his second wife) in Escolta. He also owned Hacienda Tinang and Hacienda Plastado in Tarlac, both sugar lands.

    • TRIVIA: – Hacienda Tinang and Hacienda Plastado were formerly owned by Secretary Benigno S. Aquino. Lolo Pitong acquired it this way: Sometime between 1935 and 1937, Benigno’s brother-in-law and Pasudeco co-founder, Manuel Urquico, borrowed more than half a billion pesos from Lolo Pitong for sugar trading, using the two haciendas as collateral. When it was learned later on that Manuel couldn’t pay, the two properties were claimed by Lolo Pitong.

    Together with his son, Jose de Leon y Joven, Lolo Pitong founded National Life Insurance Company in 1933.

    • Direct quotes from the Bulletin, July 13, 1939, “He is a self-made man. His wealth has been the product of business foresight and acumen”, “Through perseverance and honesty of purpose, he was able to expand his modest business into a thriving and prosperous enterprise…”

    Even at the ripe old age of 72, Lolo Pitong, already a multi-millionaire, still wanted to take active part in the management of his business interests.
    He was considered one of the richest men in the Philippines and certainly the wealthiest man in Pampanga at the time. Upon his death, his net assets were worth more than P25,000,000. Converted into today’s peso figures and taking into account dollar values and inflation rates, this amount is worth roughly P750,000,000 today.

    When he died, Lolo Pitong had no debts. He was said to be in the habit of paying cash, going as far as paying P2,000,000 for a particular transaction. In death, Lolo Pitong also paid the highest inheritance and estate tax rates ever recorded in 1939. The government was set to receive around P3,704,000. The highest inheritance and estate taxes ever collected from an individual at that time was P600,000.

    A Modest Heart of Gold

    He came into the limelight when he made a donation of P150,000 to the insular government, consisting of lands and buildings fore the tuberculosis sanatorium in Pampanga.

    • Another excerpt from the Herald, July 13, 1939, “He was a philanthropist and because he did not care for publicity, most of his philanthropies were not known to the public.”

    • An excerpt from the Bulletin, July 14, 1939, “Mr. De Leon is highly regarded, not only in Pampanga but also in this province (Tarlac) for his charity work. Not long ago he gave P16,000 to La Paz, Tarlac, for the construction of a town church.”

    Lolo Pitong also contributed P20,000 for another church erected in San Fernando, Pampanga.

    • An excerpt from the Herald, July 19, 1939, “Don Pepe, according to stories, went out of his way to help needful friends and farmers.”

    • Quoted from George H. Fairchild, president of Welch-Fairchild Ltd., on the death of Jose Leoncio de Leon from the Bulletin, July 15, 1939, “Having known Mr. De Leon for many years through his relations with the Philippine Sugar Association, it is only fair to say that some months ago, upon the request of his planters, he gave them an additional 5% bonus to bring his contract into line with the majority of the contracts on Negros, namely, 45% to the central and 55% to the planters, this division at that time being 50-50. This concession was given on the understanding that it would meet the requirements and, presumably, planters in his district.

    “I also know from personal knowledge that Mr. De Leon was such a generous man in his charities many people will suffer as a result of his death.”

    Upon his death, a funeral wreath was sent for Lolo Pitong bearing the inscription “To our Friend and Benefactor – Insular Prisoners”. It was later found out that every Christmas day for many years Lolo Pitong had sent substantial sums of money as a gift to inmates of Bilibid prison. Another noteworthy gift from the Bilibid inmates is a heavy wooden carving depicting the likeness of Lolo Pitong flanked by the Pasudeco mill and its chapel. This carving rests inside the administration office of Natividad building.

    The Death of The Patriarch

    In the last three years of his life, due to the agrarian conflicts sweeping Pampanga during that time, friends were advising Lolo Pitong to carry a gun, but he declined, saying it was not necessary as he had “not done anyone harm and everybody likes me.” Perhaps he should’ve heeded their advice but that was not his style. It doesn’t change what happened on that fateful day, July 12, 1939:

    Carmelino Timbol, a Mexico, Pampanga sugar planter with a pending homicide charge and his brother, Gregorio had just arrived from Manila. They were together with their nephew, Dalmacio Timbol and their bodyguard, Geronimo Buan, an Angeles policeman who was supposedly off-duty at the time. They were headed for the Pasudeco office in San Fernando, Pampanga. Meanwhile, Lolo Pitong and his partner, 52-year old Pasudeco board member Augusto Gonzalez were meeting at Lolo Pitong’s office, unaware of the impending tragedy that was to take place.

    The Timbol brothers, Dalmacio and Buan called on Lolo Pitong and Gonzalez at the Pasudeco office and showed them a document that they wanted the millers to sign. It would give the planters 60% participation instead of the 55% they had at that time. Shortly afterwards, Dr. Clemente Puno, Lolo Pitong’s personal physician had arrived to ask his patient about the effects of a medicine he prescribed.

    Lolo Pitong and Gonzalez refused to sign and the Timbols told them that they must either do so or die. They then drew their guns. Gregorio drew two revolvers while the others brandished one each. The angry threats were overheard by Pasudeco’s accountant, Ambrosio Razon, who was in the next room. Lolo Pitong told them that for the document to be valid, it had to be approved by all the members of the board of directors and not by Gonzalez and Lolo Pitong alone. The Timbols ordered them to call other board members, by long distance if necessary.

    Lolo Pitong bided his time until he had the opportunity to press a buzzer, summoning Ambrosio Razon, who was still in the adjoining room. By this time, the Timbols had concealed their weapons. As Razon entered, Lolo Pitong hastily scribbled a note in Pampango and handed it to the accountant as Razon was handing him a voucher for Lolo Pitong to sign. The note read, “Icayu nang bala quen” meaning “You people out there take care”. Alarmed, Razon telephoned the constabulary barracks for two plainclothesmen.

    The call was received by desk sergeant Macario de los Reyes. He then told Constabulary provincial inspector Julian Olivas about the trouble. Captain Olivas was scheduled to have lunch with Colonel Alberto Ramos, department inspector for Northern Luzon, and Major Leon Reyes, but left for Pasudeco to follow up on the plea for help. He wore a leather jacket instead of his regulation coat, over his uniform, and proceeded to the office. He did not carry a gun but he ordered Sergeant Macario to call four soldiers from the barracks and to send them to Pasudeco after him.

    Olivas arrived at Pasudeco to find the Timbol brothers and Dalmacio Timbol still disputing with the millers. He tried to pacify them. Shortly after noon, when he thought everything was okay, Olivas tried to leave the room when Gonzalez told him, “How about us here, Captain? We are virtually prisoners in this room. They do not want us to move from our chairs even.” Olivas turned around and addressed the Timbols in English. “Under our Constitution,” he said, “no one has any right to detain anybody forcibly. These two gentlemen are at present under my protection as provincial commander here.” He then turned and made for the door.

    Under the assumption that Olivas was calling for reinforcements, the Timbols opened fire. The first bullet hit Olivas in the back of the neck. He turned and tried to grapple with his assailant but was shot in the face. He fell to the floor and was shot three more times.

    Carmelino fired a tear gas gun and caused confusion in the area.

    Geronimo Buan shot Gonzalez in the chest; too stunned to react at first, it seems he was trying to rise from his chair when he got hit. He staggered and collapsed behind it. Gregorio Timbol shot Lolo Pitong through the arm and the bullet struck his stomach as he was trying to make for the door of his bathroom for cover. Dr. Clemente Puno managed to run out into the hall to safety, unharmed. He returned and performed an autopsy on the victims later.

    The Timbols climbed out the windows and passed through the back door into an open sugar field, then ran to their car where Eulogio Mendoza was waiting to take them out of the area. While they were making their way out of Pasudeco, they were fired upon by the guards and employees. One of them, storekeeper Antonio Suba, is believed to have fired the shot that wounded Carmelino Timbol near the right abdomen and hip. The injury wasn’t serious.

    Pasudeco employees placed the bodies of Gonzalez and Lolo Pitong on the conference table as they attempted first aid. Olivas had died already so they left him where he lay. Lolo Pitong expired in the room while Gonzalez followed suit after asking Razon for a glass of water.

    Jose Leoncio de Leon was seventy-two years old when he died. He was shot dead at 12:15pm, July 12, 1939.

    Augusto Gonzalez was the brother of Bienvenido Gonzalez, UP President. Augusto was 52. He was one of the only three millionaires in Pampanga at that time. Captain Julian Olivas was constabulary provincial inspector. He was paid a double tribute for his bravery by president Manuel L. Quezon by posthumously being awarded the Distinguished Conduct Star and having San Fernando military training station renamed Camp Julian Olivas. Incidentally, the 30 hectares of land on which Camp Olivas stands was a donation of Lolo Pitong and Augusto Gonzalez to the Constabulary of San Fernando, made some time before their deaths.

    Dalmacio Timbol was arrested by Captain Jose Polotan, constabulary provincial inspector, in Barrio San Nicolas, Tarlac at 8:30pm, July 12, 1939. Geronimo Buan was caught in Angeles by chief of police Francisco Paras while he was riding a calesa from San Fernando at 2pm, July 12, 1939. Gregorio and Carmelino Timbol, surrendered to the police at 2:20am, July 13, 1939, in Barrio Tangle, Mexico, 22 km from the shooting. Eulogio Mendoza, the driver of the Timbol car was arrested at 3pm, July 14, 1939 at Barrio Tangle.

    • An excerpt from the Bulletin, July 15, 1939, “The cause of the triple murder in Pampanga continues to puzzle businessmen who say they know from experience that Jose de Leon …treated his planters and laborers fairly.”

    • Quoted from S. F. Gaches, president of H. E. Heacock Company, from the Bulletin, July 15, 1939, “The Philippines has lost one of its outstanding citizens in the death of Mr. De Leon.

    “Don Pepe (Lolo Pitong) was one of the kindest, most honorable men I have ever known. It grieves me to think that he is dead.”

    At the time of Lolo Pitong’s demise, 94% of Pasudeco’s stock was owned by the sugar planters. Rumors that the sugar planters were rallying behind the Timbols were squelched by that fact.

    Even his killer had nice things to say about Lolo Pitong.

    • Quoted from Gregorio Timbol, from the Tribune, July 16, 1939, “They (Don Augusto and Jose Leoncio de Leon) were nice and honest people, and I respected them very much. I used to go to them, especially to Don Pepe, for crop loans, and they never turned me down. Don Pepe was always considerate. At present, I still owe P800 to the central on a crop loan which Don Pepe facilitated for me.”

    TRIVIA: At the wake of Lolo Pitong, prominent mourners included President Manuel L. Quezon, Major General Douglas MacArthur, Secretary Rafael R. Alunan, Speaker Jose Yulo, Secretary Jose Abad Santos and Secretary Benigno S. Aquino, the father of Ninoy Aquino. Lolo Pitong’s prominent contemporaries now have streets, monuments and buildings named after them.

    Eventually after many months of waiting, the wheels of justice eventually turned. On April 20th, 1940, in the Court of First Instance of Pampanga in San Fernando, Gregorio Timbol, Carmelino Timbol, Geronimo Buan and Dalmacio Timbol were found guilty of three counts of murder. All except Dalmacio were sentenced to death. Dalmacio was sentenced to twelve years of solitary confinement.

    The triple murder of Jose Leoncio de Leon, Augusto Gonzalez and Captain Julian Olivas was an event of national interest. Many of the most widely circulated newspapers in the country such as the Tribune, the Herald, the Bulletin, the Commoner and the Graphic, covered the murders, the Timbol arrests and trial. Indeed, one may consider the Triple Murder to have been the most sensational event in the decade, having also gained a level of international notoriety. No one could believe that something like that could ever happen to some of the most prominent people in the country. Also, the socialists of that time, led by Pedro Abad Santos were using the incident to start a class war between millers and planters, or more accurately, between the rich and poor.

    The repercussions of the Pampanga Triple Murder resulted in forcing the Philippine Commonwealth Government to re-examine the domestic problems of the sugar industry. At the time of Lolo Pitong’s death, agrarian disputes happened fairly often and arms control was not a popular issue at the time. Also, it was common for sugar centrals to adopt a representation policy of 60-40 in favor of the millers. Ironically, it was for this purported reason that the Timbols killed Lolo Pitong. Also, it was this incident which triggered a series of steps to eventually abolish the carrying of guns in public.

    One would say it was a rather dramatic conclusion to an otherwise peaceful existence. Perhaps Lolo Pitong would have preferred to spend the end of his days in quiet contemplation, basking in the love of his family and enjoying the comforts he so richly deserved. His days were indeed numbered; his autopsy noted that he was suffering from cirrhosis of the liver, multiple cysts in the kidneys and arteriosclerosis – he wouldn’t have lasted more than a few years. But then again, his death was just as fiery as his courageous spirit.

    Sources

    ‘The Life of Jose de Leon y Joven by Jose N. de Leon III’, Performance Printing Center

    Criminal Case Nos. 6294, 6295 and 6296, The People of The Philippines, Plaintiff vs. Gregorio P. Timbol, Et Al, Accused

    Newspaper excerpts taken from ‘In Memoriam Don Jose Leoncio de Leon y Hizon and Don Augusto Gonzalez y Sioco’, News (Press) Clipping, Philippines Today and Tomorrow, Volume 1, Year 1939, Clipping Bureau

  10. September 8, 2010 at 5:38 am

    Goodbye, Tita Mameng.

    The last grande dame / doyenne of Old San Fernando, Pampanga, the spinster Carmen “Mameng” Singian Lazatin, has passed away.

    Our condolences to the family.

    Toto Gonzalez

  11. August 23, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Hello Mr. Gonzalez,
    Just doing a little research.
    Who was the father of
    Alfonso “Ponceng” de Leon,
    Josefa “Pitang” David, Emilia David Hizon?
    Their half-brother was Jose Leoncio Hizon de Leon, his mother was Graciana Hizon.

  12. August 23, 2010 at 3:46 am

    Thank you, Mr. Toto Gonzalez,

    If Alfonso “Ponceng” de Leon was the full brother of Josefa David, why was she a David and Alfonso a de Leon? Their half brother was Jose Leoncio Hizon de Leon. You posted that his parents were Damaso de Leon and Graciana Hizon. Also, didn’t they have another sister?

    Thank you.

  13. August 18, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Goodbye, Tita Lurding,

    One of the last grand ladies of Old San Fernando, Pampanga, the spinster Lourdes Dayrit Panlilio, has passed away.

    Our condolences to the family.

    Toto Gonzalez

  14. August 17, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Presy:

    Ponceng de Leon = Ponce de Leon.

    That’s funny… 😛

    Cheers!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  15. August 17, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Buddy:

    Alfonso “Ponceng” de Leon had a full sister, Josefa “Pitang” David-Palanca. The siblings Josefa David-Palanca and Alfonso de Leon were half-siblings of Jose Leoncio “Pitong” de Leon y Hizon.

    Josefa “Pitang” David-Palanca had three children: Lourdes “Luding” married Rogerio “Rogie” Escaler Gonzalez; Francisco “Paquito” married Natividad “Naty” Batac Gonzalez-Setzer; Erlinda “Linda” married Felix “Filito” Mabanta. Erlinda Palanca-Mabanta and Natividad Gonzalez-Palanca are still living.

    Toto Gonzalez

  16. Presy Guevara said,

    August 17, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Ponceng de Leon is a catchy name. Upon reading Post # 118, I searched in my mind where I first heard the name. Then it quickly dawned on me that there lived a Spanish explorer immortalized by a city in Puerto Rico bearing his name. Juan Ponce de Leon y Figueroa, forever attached to the concept of Fountain of Youth, has a city named after him in Florida too. Anybody who took World history would recognize the connection.

  17. August 16, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    Do you happen to know the sister of Alfonso “Ponceng” de Leon? My grandmother Emilia did go with my father to the wake of Jose Leoncio “Pitong” de Leon.

  18. Enrique Bustos said,

    June 11, 2010 at 11:45 am

    The International Hotel on Dewey Blvd was conceived by the Bautista family in 1965 at some point however Justice Bautista took in Mr Lirag as a partner the latter offering to obtain financing for the project from japan however Mr Lirag was able to convince Justice Bautista to turn over the project management to him but the project ran out of money at an early stage and construction was halted by 1968 it’s structure was already rusting.Justice Bautista offered the property to Trinidad Diaz Enriquez of the Sulo Hotel group to raise the money to pay off Mr Lirag on March 10 1975 the Supreme Court had came out with a decision upholding the rights of Justice Bautista over Mr Lirag provided the latter’s claim could be satisfied Justice Bautista had 60 days left to to so when he approached Mrs Enriquez only one month remained for him to meet the court deadline at that time Mr Lirag was still in possesion of the hotel Mrs Enriquez assumed the loans made by Justice Bautista with the DPB for the hotel project and pay the amount ordered by the Supreme Court to satisfy the claim of Mr Lirag The International Hotel Corp was reorganized as the new Silahis International Hotel Inc with Mrs Enriquez as Majority owner

  19. April 13, 2010 at 5:05 am

    Aida:

    Yes, Tita Zeny — Zenaida Salgado Gonzalez — was a first cousin of my father, Augusto Beda Arnedo Gonzalez. Tita Zeny’s father, Joaquin Jorge Gonzalez y Sioco, was a younger brother of my grandfather, Augusto Diosdado Gonzalez y Sioco. They were two of 125 Gonzalez-Sioco first cousins, legitimate and illegitimate. ]

    Yes, Tita Elsa — Elsa Antonia Brigida Escaler Gonzalez — was a half-sister of my father, Augusto Beda Arnedo Gonzalez. [ My grandfather, Augusto Diosdado Gonzalez y Sioco, first married his maternal first cousin, Marina Escaler y Sioco, the mother of Tita Elsa. After Marina passed away in 1928, he married his niece, Rosario Lucia Arnedo y Espiritu { in 1930 }, my father’s mother. ]

    Edelvina “Chiqui” Gonzalez Liongson is a paternal first cousin of mine. Her mother Elsa Antonia Brigida Escaler Gonzalez and my father Augusto Beda Arnedo Gonzalez were half-siblings.

    Marilyn — Marilyn Gonzalez Rodriguez-Ilagan — is a paternal second cousin of mine. [ Her mother, Erlinda “Erly” Valdes Gonzalez-Rodriguez, and my father, Augusto Beda Arnedo Gonzalez, were first cousins. They were two of 125 Gonzalez-Sioco first cousins, legitimate and illegitimate. ]

    Cheers!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  20. Aida Makabali said,

    April 12, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Your blog and comments on it make interesting reading. I stayed awake all night and could not finish it(NY time) The lady entertaining guest in the pictures reminds me of Imang Unding (Lourdes) Ocampo sister of Imang Belen Ocampo Tan Torres who was mentioned in one of the above comments. She was a neighbor of Imang Peng Consunji Hizon before she got married to Tatang Gusto. I am not sure if you met her as you are from the younger generation. Is your lola related to her? Also are you related to Atching Zeny Gonzalez and Elsa Gonzalez Blanco who is the mother of Edelvina “Chiqui” Gonzalez Liongson? Marylin Rodriguez and Anna Marie Rodriguez Asis were my classmates.So is Vedus Hizon Limjoco if you know her.

  21. Gaby Sinjian D'Aquino Erickson said,

    March 15, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Hi Greggie,
    So glad that you read my comment on Toto’s blog. You are right, it has been ages since we have seen each other.
    My brothers are both fine. Gaston is still in Hong Kong and Gerardo is in Paris. They each have grandchildren while I am still waiting for my girls to get married. I live in a suburb outside of Chicago with my husband Ron. He is retired now and we moved to Chicago as he still has a lot of family here. Where does Felici live now.

  22. Greggie Singian said,

    March 13, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Hi Gabby,

    Haven’t seen you, since I don’t know when.

    How are you and the family? Gerardo, Gastonsito. Imagine getting together through this blog. I think the last time we saw each other was when we were still teenagers. I guess anyone who knows us knows that was a long time ago.

    Keep in touch.

  23. Gaby Sinjian D'Aquino Erickson said,

    March 13, 2010 at 5:31 am

    Toto,
    I see that Greggie Singian has contributed to your blog. We are related through his father Dr. Gregorio Singian and my mother Maria de la Paz Sinjian D’Aquino. In fact his father, Dr. Gregorio and his mother Dr. Evelyn Singian took care of my grandmother, Dna Paz Sinjian y Soler while she was in their Clinica Singian.
    I recall many visits that his parents made to Hong Kong where they spent lots of time with my parents.

  24. hizons of pampanga said,

    February 2, 2010 at 6:26 am

    hizons now on Facebook, kindly add us as a friend or be a fan

    pampangahizon@yahoo.com

  25. Gregorio Singian, Jr. said,

    January 27, 2010 at 5:18 am

    I discovered this very interesting blog which started in 2006 and continues up to today. Congratulations to Toto Gonzalez and to the many contributions of Louie Dison West and the others.

    I am Greggie Singian, son of Dr. Gregorio and Evelyn Singian. I have heard about and know many of the names mentioned here. I feel that I have just attended a large family reunion in Pampanga and have made contact with all the famous kapangpangan personalites in the past. I wish I could contribute to the inputs made by the others, but I cannot do better than my cousin Renan Prado Singian, our family historian.

    Keep up the good work.

  26. Serafin R. Singian Jr. said,

    January 16, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Hi, I wanted to know if I’m a relative of Don Serafin Lazatin.. Thank you.

  27. A. Hizon said,

    January 14, 2010 at 11:56 am

    hizon family website (under construction)

    http://hizonsofpampanga.wetpaint.com/

    feel free to edit the said website.

  28. rey pagal said,

    January 9, 2010 at 10:46 am

    i just want to know if the Lichauco family before in Natividad Pangasinan,the owner of barangay calapugan to barangay tulin.

  29. September 2, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Louie:

    Our condolences on the passing of your dear Tita Guia Dison-Bautista.

    Our condolences to Geny and Liane, Bong and Gina, Chiquita & Djords, and siblings.

    Toto Gonzalez

  30. Gerardo Dennis Paras Tioseco said,

    August 8, 2009 at 7:45 am

    I know that Renan is my uncle.
    I did not know that Beda Gonzalez and Pilar are relatives.
    We were immediate neighbors.
    Marichu is married to my first cousin, Antonio Tioseco, now deceased.
    My grandmother, Flora Ocampo-Dayrit vda de Manuel Paras used to
    go to Drs. Gregorio and Evelyn Singian.

  31. Gerardo Dennis Paras Tioseco said,

    August 8, 2009 at 6:51 am

    Am so glad to discover this!

    My grandfather is Manuel Paras,
    married to Flora Dayrit Paras.

    My mother is Angeles Paras, married to
    Gerardo Lansangan-Tioseco.

  32. Kristine H. Enriquez said,

    August 3, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Hi,

    I know that the Hizons’ roots are originally from Pampanga. I am also a Hizon, but we are the Hizons who settled here in Bulacan. My uncle said that the Hizons in Bulacan are related to the Hizons of San Fernando, Pampanga. Do you have any information on this?:-) Thanks!

  33. Pilar Sinjian Torrijos said,

    July 17, 2009 at 3:43 am

    Dear Toto,

    I am pilar sinjian torrijos and i was given thise website of yours through my cousin gabriela sinjian d’aquino. as i was reading your exchange of letters, i came to be familiar with some of the relatives in pampanga. my mother was Pepita Soler Sinjian. her father was don anselmo sinjian married to dona paz soler. my mother said that auring ocampo escaler was her first coursin. but i was wondering why is singian spelled with a “g”? because we always spelled it with a “j”. her brothers were bernardino and pedring, who died an early age during war. and her sisters were pacita and lourdes who stayed in hongkong most of the time. pacita is the mother of gabriela and gabriela has two brothers gastonsito and genardo. my mother married a military man and during the war, we stayed most of the time in aparri cagayan and after the war, my father was transferred to several places, the reason we were born in different places too. but after my father retired we stayed most of the time in Jones and Ilagan, Isabela. what i know is that we were related too with the Clinica Singian near malacanang. my mother used to tell me that we were related with the ocampos, hizons and others that you mentioned in your letter. my mother told me that our grandfather’s mother was spenish who was a marquesa in spain. my grandfather was an only son of a second marriage. and the first marriage of my grandfather’s father was an ocampo and my grandfather had brothers and sisters with the first marriage. one of my sisters married Jose Luis Ocampo Yturri. His mother was Belen Ocampo who married a spaniard.

    i realy regret it that i did not put much attention when my mother was alive. and now as i am reading your website, i became curious and would really like to know more about my family tree.

    i hope to hear from you and i will be in touch.

  34. Rey Afable II said,

    July 13, 2009 at 1:32 am

    Hi Toto, how are you, its been a while since I visited your site, I was surfing the net and found my name in this blog. Pls. tell D.J. Iam also on Facebook. Thank you,Rey Afable II

  35. D.J. said,

    June 27, 2009 at 2:55 am

    hello toto! i absolutely enjoy reading your entries! Can you please help me get in touch with Mr. Rey Afable II, who posted comment number 92 in this entry. I believe we are relatives and I would really like to get in touch with him. Hope you could e-mail to me to his contact info. Thank you!

  36. Pauline West said,

    June 4, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Toto,
    This is great.I never knew so much about the family.
    I am the daughter of Henry F West , cousin of Louie…
    # 14 of 15 kids.
    I am now in Hawaii , with my 2 sons and husband.
    I know nothing of the family,this has been great.Thank you so much.
    Pauline West

  37. bidang said,

    April 24, 2009 at 2:14 am

    Wow! My “ninang” Puring Gamboa who lived near St. Scholastica was an Ocampo? Was she the lady whose husband worked for the Central Bank? They had a son whom I remember was called Hector. If she was the one, then no wonder, I have experienced the ‘Kapangpangan’ hospitality. I always, always loved going there. There was such a warm feeling starting with the welcome, hugs, and stories. Then it was the spread on the table… and before I left I always had the best and most thoughtful gifts for my birthday and Christmas. My gifts would always be under their Christmas tree, whether I arrived or not.
    Now that was a real, loving Filipino family… that family for me was the best ever.
    I heard she passed on while I was away in Australia.

  38. bidang said,

    April 24, 2009 at 2:02 am

    Dear toto, I’m very curious: what’s “alaga” / ward… this is the first time I’ve heard of this?
    I have been reading so much of the family history and I’m not from Pampanga but this is the kind of reading I enjoy…
    My family line has a Henry West married to my Mom’s ( Carmen Foz Zaragoza Ravago ) cousin Conchita ‘Chichang’ Foz Zaragoza. There was also a mention of a Fred Cortez / Cortes, but someone mentioned that his real name was Osborne? So how could Henry West and Fred Cortez / s be siblings?

    Just mentioning, for clarification.
    thanks, bidang

  39. Servillano Langit de Leon Jr said,

    April 9, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Hi,
    I am Servillano Langit de Leon Jr, the son of Mr. Servillano Torres de Leon Sr from San Miguel Tarlac and Mrs Felicidad Langit de Leon from Pampangga. I am the 2nd to the youngest of the family of nine.
    My father is a USiAFFE, but died of cancer at the age of 78. My mother died at the age of 83 of old age.
    I am actually looking for my relatives the de Leon clan from San Miguel Tarlac for i don’t know them.

  40. ley reinares said,

    August 16, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    arrastia’s are from lubao..i am related to them as well as with the gonzales. but i need more information.can someone give me more details.

    ramon arrastia recto here in the phil is my dad’s cousin.
    my great grandfather’s name is don martin gonzales
    my grand father’s name is jose francsico reinares.
    my father’sname is enrico gonzales reinares

    my family are from guagua lubao and angeles pampnga.thanks for the info

  41. Thomas Lichauco said,

    July 16, 2008 at 2:47 am

    Hello All!

    So, my daughter is married!! Her name is Robin Lynn (Brunner)Russman. They are still living in Ohio.
    The last time I wrote to this blog was about a year ago. My brother and his wife,(David and Deanna) and my father and his wife(Richard and Teresa) are still in the Orlando area. My mom, Doris, still lives just a few miles away from me in Boynton Beach.
    I was thinking the other day that I miss my grandfather, Faustino, and grandmother, Ruth. They always had such interesting stories to tell. I get my love of classical music from my grandfather. Maybe even my tendencies to gambling, Lotto, as he liked to bet on the horses. Not so much the horses, but he would follow the horses AND the trainers. He really liked OTB when we moved from Vermont to New York in ’80. I remember taping stats onto 3×5 index cards for him. Oh that was such a long time ago.
    After 11 years as a purchasing agent, with a family owned business, not our family, I was laid off last year. I took a job as a termite inspector a few months later.
    Hope all is well around the world in our family, and our family’s neighbors.

    Thomas P. Lichauco

  42. Rey Afable II said,

    July 1, 2008 at 12:50 am

    Hi Toto, This is Rey from SoCal.& Balayan, we have one thing in common we love family histories and connections,that is what Iam researching since 1983, I have met a lot of Dizon and Hizon here in LA, or particularly some Pampanguenos, very interesting. and ,Lola marucha passed away Nov. 27,.2006,I think my Mom met ate Dorie Lopez at the Santisimo del Rosario gatherings 10-2007 in Balayan. My brother just talk to Vicky Lopez last month in Balayan,(tourism attache). Iam related to them thru thier great2x lola Maria Apacible Castelo-Lopez.,from the Apacible line.
    keep up/talk to you later
    Rey Afable II

  43. Jaime Tayag said,

    June 22, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    I have ancestors named Jose P. “Don Pepe” Henson and Maxima Rosario Sadie. Their daughter Manuela Henson de Suarez was my great-grandmother. I can’t figure out whether “Don Pepe” Henson and Jose Henson y Miranda ( who married Gertrudes David ) were one and the same person.

  44. Juancho L. Baylon said,

    April 22, 2008 at 3:06 am

    Toto Gonzalez said in Comment # 13 of this post:

    “”There was indeed a high-ranking Japanese prince, a close relation of the Meiji Emperor, who visited with the Arnedos in the 1890s. He gave them an incense burner of solid silver, which devolved to Brother Andrew and which he gave to me. I was told by the elders that in the early days of the Japanese Occupation in late 1941, a Japanese officer and his soldiers entered the Arnedo mansion and looked around. To the family’s surprise, they knelt and bowed reverently before the Japanese incense burner. The Arnedo family was treated with respect by the Japanese soldiers after that, but it did not keep them from evacuating to a nearby “hacienda” across the Pampanga River.””

    =============================================

    Toto:

    Would you by any chance happen to know the name of this high-ranking Prince of the Japanese Imperial Court? Maybe even just his last name?

    I am interested and have been researching, for several years now, about the genealogy of the Imperial family of Japan and Korea.

    Is there a “family crest” engraved on the solid silver incense burner given by the Japanese Imperial Prince? It’s one way to find out which cadet branch of the imperial family the prince came from.

    Before the Meiji Restoration of 1968 and during the time of Emperor Komei and further back, the royal princes were kept out of politics and military affairs, some princes being customarily appointed as aristocratic monks in charge of important temples. After power was restored to the Imperial family in 1868, several imperial princes withrew from religous services to set up secular branches of the Imperial family. Some of the cadet branches of the imperial family include the Fushimi, Arisugawa, Komatsu and Nashimoto families. Although some members of the Matsudaira family ( descendants of Tokugawa Ieyasu ) were married off to the royal family. However, after the Pacific War, MacArthur downgraded all the members of the Imperial family to commoners except the Emperor and his brothers. I read that the Imperial family is ruled by a strict moral code of austerity.

    Toto, can you please take a picture of the silver incense burner and post it here? Thank you.

  45. Gabriela (Gaby) Singian D'Aquino Erickson said,

    March 5, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    Toto,

    Thank you primo. I will try to locate Ivan Henares to see if he can give me more history on the Singian clan. By the way, my mother and all her siblings spelt Sinjian with a “j” and I was never told why.

    Gaby

  46. March 5, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    Gaby:

    Rene Angel “Renan” Singian Prado, my cousin on the Gonzalez de Baliuag side and your cousin on the Singian side, did tell me that one of the “Hong Kong Singian” would get in touch with me. He then proceeded to explain clearly how a branch of the Singian clan settled in Hong Kong and who its members were / are. Cousin Renan was also right in saying that I would not be of much help to you because all I know about the Singian clan — apart from having descendants that are invariably affluent — is that they originated from Bacolor, Pampanga in the early 1800s. One scion, Cristino Singian de Miranda, married the very rich Angela Torres of Barrio Santo Tomas and their descendants are the very rich Lazatin-Singian family of San Fernando. Cristino had a sister, Victoria Singian de Miranda, who married Anacleto Hizon y David of nearby Mexico town and they were the progenitors of the Hizon-Singian clan of San Fernando, with its many prominent descendants [ de Leon, Escaler, Rodriguez, Gomez, Ocampo, Hizon, et. al. ]. There is also a story about the “misspelled” Sinjian with a “j” but it escapes me just now.

    You will want to contact the young historian Ivan Henares who is a Singian descendant. He may be able to furnish you with an extensive history and genealogy of the Singian clan.

    Through my Gonzalez de Sulipan, Escaler de Sulipan, and Rodriguez de Bacolor relations, I am related to several members of the Singian clan. Small world as always.

    Welcome to our small world. Do feel free to add to this discussion of Old Pampango families — lengthily or otherwise — because all the information is being gathered for the benefit of the JDN CKS HAU Juan D. Nepomuceno Center for Kapampangan Studies at the Holy Angel University in Angeles City, Pampanga.

    Cheers, cousin of my cousins!!! 😀

    Toto Gonzalez

  47. Gabriela (Gaby) Singian D'Aquino Erickson said,

    March 1, 2008 at 9:01 am

    Not being completely computer savvy….did my comments go through?? I clicked on “Submit Comment” and I am not sure what happened.

    Gaby

  48. Gabriela (Gaby) Singian D'Aquino Erickson said,

    March 1, 2008 at 8:59 am

    Hello Toto,

    How wonderful to come across your blog when I was searching the web for some history on my Kapampangan background. It all started when my cousin Renan Singian Prado wrote to me asking for some anecdotes about my Tia Unding (Maria Lourdes Singian daughter of Anselmo Singian) as she was being mentioned in a book that is being written about the women of Pampanga. That started my wanting to know more as I already knew quite a lot about my Portuguese ancestry which is in published form. I am married to Ronald Erickson from Chicago and we now live in Downers Grove, a suburb in Chicago, Illinois after my husband retired from Caterpillar Company. We met and married in Hong Kong and have two beautiful girls, Michelle Gabriela and Maria Caroline.

    My maternal grandfather Anselmo Singian was the son of Don Bernardino Singian de Miranda and his second wife, Dona Clemencia Gotianco. My grandfather married Dona Paz Soler who was Spanish. They had five children, Bernardino, Josefa, Lourdes, Maria de la Paz (my mother) and Pedro. My mother married Gaston Fausto D’Aquino, from Macao and ended up living in Hong Kong where she passed away. I was born in 1945 in Macao as my parents went there to take refuge from the Japanese Invasion during WWII and returned to Hong Kong when the war ended.. My parents met as a result of my grandfather Anselmo taking his family to spend many winters in Hong Kong. I guess he missed the cold weather he got accustomed to after the years he spent being educated in Spain. As a young girl, I remember we had many visitors from the Singians – Ocampos – Lazatins – Hizons – Escalers, etc. In fact Tito Ernie and his wife Tita Maria Luisa were frequent visitors and before that, Tito Ernie’s mother Dona Trining de Leon who also came to Hong Kong frequently and spent most of her time with my mother and aunt. Their son Noel and his ex wife Bernadette Borromeo were living in Hong Kong in the 80s and later on in the 90s my daughter Maria and one of their youngest sons Marcel ended up being classmates at the Hong Kong International School. Of the Singians, the doctors Gregorio (Tito Goriong) and his wife Evelyn were also frequent visitors to Hong Kong while his brother Vicente who was a diplomat and the Consul General for the Philippines in Hong Kong. His wife, (Tita Bing) and my mother spent a lot of time together. By the way, that is how I met my husband Ron, during a Philippine Independence reception in Hong Kong where I was attending with my father, as being a widower, I usually accompanied him on official functions.

    I remember many Christmas visits to Pampanga to visit Dona Victoria Hizon de Rodriguez as well as the Ocampo sisters Dona Charing and Dona Victoring. I was in grade school with the daughter of Purita Ocampo Gamboa and Fernando Ocampo who is also Purita Gamboa at St. Scholastica’s in Manila. I wonder if she still remembers me. My mother and her sister Lourdes (Tia Unding) were very close to the Ocampo sisters and I saw them often when we lived in Manila. Living mostly in Hong Kong I was always fascinated by these beautiful ladies that where always dressed in Filipino-style clothes….not only that but my brothers and I loved the turrones and other sweet delights that Tia Auring Escaler made and gave us.

    I would be so grateful for any further information you could provide me with regard to my Singian heritage.

    Gaby Erickson

  49. January 16, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    Hi, My father’s relatives are from San Fernando, Pampanga. My grandfather was, of course, a de Castro, and my grandmother, a Dizon. I remember meeting some mestizo Mirandas as a child, but – aside from a Saturnina Lacson, who was supposed to be my great-grandmother, I cannot remember other local family names.

    I would be grateful if anyone has information on any of these people.

    Thank you!

  50. December 7, 2007 at 3:00 am

    ana:

    Yes, Toffee Tionko even sends us updates on the Davao Hizon Family which we appreciate very much. All the information is sent to the JDN – CKS HAU Juan D. Nepomuceno Center for Kapampangan Studies at the Holy Angel University in Angeles, Pampanga.

    Any pictures of those Simon Flores y de la Rosa masterpieces will be greatly appreciated and used for documentation purposes. As they cannot be posted on the “Comments” thread of this blog, you can email them to me at
    augustomrgonzaleziii@yahoo.com .

    Thank you very much. Keep the comments coming!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  51. ana said,

    December 6, 2007 at 2:45 pm

    Great that my cousin Toffee provided you the written history of the Davao Hizons. I have a picture of the portraits but i’m in the picture with my grandmother Socorro Hizon-Tionko, will that be fine? where can i email it?

  52. December 5, 2007 at 8:14 am

    ana:

    Thank you for finding your way here.

    Yes, Toffee Tionko was so kind to provide us with a very good written history of the Davao Hizons. We have already forwarded it to the JDN – CKS HAU Juan D. Nepomuceno – Center for Kapampangan Studies at the Holy Angel university in Angeles city, Pampanga, which is the repository of all things Pampanga.

    Yes, for the sake of history and research, We would like to see pixes of those two Simon Flores y de la Rosa portraits [ of ladies, we were told ] and the subjects’ complete names!!!

    Cheers!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  53. ana said,

    December 5, 2007 at 6:33 am

    hi! i just want you to know that there is an existing hizon family here in davao and they are originally from pampanga. the first hizon to migrate to davao was vicente panlilio hizon, married to a local of davao, asuncion palma gil. he migrated here because he met asuncion and had 7 children, and one of the children is the father of basketball star vince hizon. there is a barangay named barrio pampanga because the whole area used to be vicente hizon’s hacienda and a vicente hizon sr. school also located at barrio pampanga.
    with regards to the Simon Flores portraits, do you want to see a photo of them?

  54. abcdefg said,

    October 16, 2007 at 6:13 am

    Marvin L. Ring,

    Where did you read the synopsis of the Gomez Family?

  55. abcdefg said,

    October 15, 2007 at 3:29 pm

    Who among the Gomezes do you know? It’s sad there’s no trace of the “Spic and Span” restaurant ever since it was sold.

  56. Marvin L. Ring said,

    September 12, 2007 at 4:13 pm

    I was born and raised in Pampanga. I was the dependent son of an American father and a Cebuana lady, both are dead. I joined the US Army at Clark AFB and was a frequent visitor at the “Spic and Span” Restaurant in Angeles everytime I was in the city on leave or passing through. I knew some of the Gomez Family members and was a friend of Pat ( Pilar ) Gomez, who I understand married an AF officer and now lives in Orlando, FL. I have not been back in the PI over 30 years but do plan to go back soon. I retired from the Army in 1981 ( as a Sgt. Maj ) and work for the Dept. of Defense as an Operations Officer, GS14 for 19 years. I am now fully retired. I enjoyed reading the synopsis of the Gomez family. My kudos to all of you.

    MARVIN L. RING

  57. Christopher de Leon Cruz said,

    August 11, 2007 at 6:57 am

    Hi Cousin Toto!

    Wow, where did you get those pictures of Lolo Jorge and Lola Raquel?! I’ve never seen them before! Is that your Lola Charing between them?

    By the way, to add to the tiny blank spaces in this entry, Lolo Pitong married Lola Inang in 1886. He was 19, she was 16. And they say kids nowadays are in a hurry to get hitched…

    Those must’ve been wild and wooly days. Imagine driving a Cadillac around with a trunk full of TCTs for your gambling debts. That little tidbit blew me away!

    Oh, ‘yan. Di na ako humirit tungkol sa blog ng misis ko. >8D

  58. Luis Nakpil said,

    July 30, 2007 at 8:23 am

    Angel Nakpil and Carmen Guerrero are my parents. My grandmother was Enriqueta Sancho. May I have the email address of Louie Dison West?

  59. July 30, 2007 at 7:46 am

    Luis:

    Thank you for finding your way here.

    Yes, Louie Dison West is a grandson of Virginia Najera Sancho-West-Osborne-Connaly-Bennett. He did tell me that there is a relation to the prominent Nakpil family of Quiapo through his Lola Virginia’s sister Enriqueta Najera Sancho, who married Ramon Nakpil. Their son, Architect Angel Nakpil, married Carmen Guerrero.

    Calling Louie!!!

    Welcome to our small world!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  60. Luis Nakpil said,

    July 30, 2007 at 5:28 am

    Hello Toto Gonzalez,

    I have just stumbled over this blog. It is fascinating. I saw that Louie Dison West is the grandson of Najera-Sancho. My grandmother, Enriqueta Sancho, was the sister of his grandmother. Enriqueta married Ramon Nakpil. I am curious about what his version is of how Najera-Sancho got to the Philippines.

    Luis Nakpil

  61. July 7, 2007 at 7:00 pm

    Addie:

    Thank you for finding your way here.

    Of course I know you. However, I didn’t know you were already Ache Gloria Guanzon-Rodriguez’s granddaughter; I thought you were her daughter. She doesn’t look old enough to have grown grandchildren!!! And while we are related through the Rodriguez line, I am also related to you through the Guanzon line through the [ Pampanga ] Valdes clan which includes the Armand Fabellas, the Charlie Valdeses, the Africa Valdes-Reynosos, the Florence Guanzon-Coronels, the Lita Lilleses, et. al..

    Keep the comments coming!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  62. Addie Wijangco said,

    July 7, 2007 at 7:23 am

    Hi, Toto! I hope you remember me. I’m the granddaughter of Gloria Rodriguez Guanzon. We’ve met several times during Miercoles Santo. Several years back in Lola Bets’ house in San Fernando, and just this year at Tisa. I don’t remember meeting you in Bale Sim though.

    What an interesting site you have, though my mind is spinning with all this information! I will have to rest my eyes and brain before I can continue with the 2nd half of this page.

    It’s always nice to know your roots, and it is wonderful that you have this site to enlighten people like me. Thank you so much!

  63. June 10, 2007 at 8:50 am

    Thomas:

    Thank you for finding your way here.

    It is amazing to see how the Lichaucos have spread to the other side of the world…!!! From Old Chinese Binondo to posh Spanish mestizo Calle General Solano in San Miguel District, Manila all the way to modern Lantana and Orlando, Florida, and even to Ohio!!!

    How interesting it is that a family of Chinese origin now has descendants that are completely Caucasian-looking!!! It completes the “mejorar la raza” [ “improve the race” ] process that the Chinese mestizo patriarch Faustino Lichauco began when he married the Spanish mestiza Luisa Fernandez and produced their beautiful and handsome children. I am sure Faustino would be very pleased.

    Logically, the Chinese mestizo surname “Lichauco” should have proceeded from “Li Chau Co” but Tito Jorge insisted [ many years ago ] that his mother Naty and grandfather Faustino [ your great grandfather ] had said that the original name was “Li Cha Ho.” So I didn’t argue. After all, the actual descendants should know better than I do. 🙂

    No, you are not imposing on this blog at all. We are very happy that you have found us.

    Welcome to our small world!!!

    Keep the comments coming!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  64. May 15, 2007 at 9:12 am

    Hello all!

    Louie, guess what I found out? You’re right…my Mom did sell those tapas you were talking about. Geesh…i was just too young to remember. I learned this from Bechay (Mariliz as my Mom & Dad would fondly call her). She’s my first cousin from my mother’s side. Daddy & Mommy would always bring her with them, everytime we would go home to San Fernando. So being just a bit older than us, she would remember. And so, during the boring election-weekend (when there was liquor ban) we just sat around talking. That was when she confirmed the selling of the tapas that Mommy did.
    She also recalled those grand parties they would have, when Daddy still had those apartments for rent in Clark called Villa Angela. They would invite the American Air Force officers who didn’t get to go home for Thanksgiving & Christmas, to celebrate the holidays at the house. She told me about the rondalla band from Pasudeco, and how they played music for the lovely all-night-long dancing.
    Oh, such wonderful memorable stories to listen to…
    Terry Rose

  65. Thomas Lichauco said,

    May 10, 2007 at 12:06 pm

    Hello All,
    I’m not that much into the family trees these days, but would like to tell you who I am. My father is Richard Joseph Lichauco (today’s his birthday!), son of Faustino L. & Ruth D. Lichauco. My mother Is Doris Anne (Prokop), daughter of Charles & Bernice Prokop of Chicago (Poland). I have one brother, David, 44, and one sister, Lynda, 34. I am 43, and live in Lantana, Florida. I have a daughter, Robin Lynn Brunner, 21, who lives in Ohio. I work for Gulf Stream Lumber Company as a purchasing agent and have been here for 11 yrs. My mother lives close by and works as a medical transcriptionist from her home. My brother and his wife (Deanna) just moved into a new house in Orlando, Florida that they won from the DIY Network through an Internet sweepstakes. My father also lives in the Orlando area, and works part time for Walt Disney World. I am driving to Orlando this afternoon for a birthday dinner tonight.
    I hope I am not imposing on your blog site.
    Hope everyone is in good health, Tom

    P.S. I had always thought the origin was Ly-Chau-Co not Li Cha Ho.

  66. LOUIE DISON WEST said,

    May 8, 2007 at 1:31 pm

    Terry Rose,
    Of course I know Apung Salud. She was the best cook in San Fernando during her time, together with her brother Tatang Kiko. You must have met Melissa, who is Apung Salud’s granddaughter. I still order ensaimadas from her to give to my aunt Guia and other cousins every X’mas. Melissa’s son is Ivan Henares, who is a good friend of Toto. Apung Salud’s family are related to you and me on the Singian side. Do you live in Manila? Pls. keep in touch.
    Louie

  67. May 8, 2007 at 9:51 am

    Hi Louie! Hi Toto!
    Really? You would describe Lolo Cente so clearly! Well, at least according to what I’ve heard & pictures I’ve seen. It was only Marichu who experienced Lolo… so sad, because I heard how sweet he could be. And yes, my Dad was big (250 lbs according to Tita Agnes Torres -wife of Tito Ramon Torres). Our Mom passed away October 1992, while Daddy followed 6 months after – May 2, 1993 (my Mom’s birthday!). I know Mommy makes wonderful tapa. But don’t recall her ever selling any – unless I was just too young then. By the way, I went to this tiangge in Makati one weekend, and I chanced upon the family of Imang Salud, where Daddy would order dozens and dozens of ensaymadas every Holy Week. Of course, their plantanillas were also available. Yumm!!! I got their contact numbers so we can keep in touch. Would you be familiar with them? Because they would speak of stories about the family so vividly. But then again, I was probably too young then.

    Terry Rose

  68. LOUIE DISON WEST said,

    May 2, 2007 at 1:56 pm

    Hi Toto and Terry Rose,

    Terry Rose, your father Te is my second cousin. I visited your old house in San Fernando quite often when your grandfather Dr. Vicente Hizon was still alive. I don’t think I ever saw your grandmother. She must have passed away before I was born. Your grandfather always wore black pants and a white, long sleeve shirt. He was frail and did not talk too much. On the other hand, your dad was bigger and had a smiling face. Their house was big and very well maintained. Your great grandfather Florentino and my grandmother Felisa were siblings. Sorry to hear that Greg and Trixie have passed on. So young and so sad. Hope to hear from you soon. By the way, how is your mother? I remember her because she used to make those good tapas and longganisas and my mother would always order from her.

    Louie

  69. May 2, 2007 at 7:45 am

    Toto:

    I’m glad to hear that you remember me.

    Pardon me…Hello Louie! Sorry to interrupt your beautiful exchange of stories & data. I just had to express how impressed I am with all these! I envy how updated you both are in all these.

    I will let Marichu know about this site, so she can do the sharing…& I will just read on (tee hee!). Oh by the way, you missed out on our sister Malou. She’s the 4th. I’m sure you know that you’ve heard that our youngest sister Trixie passed away Feb 1998 & Greg in May of 1998 also. So its just us 3 girls left (sigh). Sad to say, no male to carry on my Dad’s branch of the family tree (…double sigh!).

    Terry Rose

  70. April 30, 2007 at 11:02 pm

    Terry Rose:

    Hi there!!! Of course I remember you!!! How have you been???

    I’m so glad you found your way here. This is a very good Comments thread as it talks about old San Fernando, of which your Hizon family is certainly a major part. The history of old San Fernando is very important as everything that happened there eventually happened to all of Pampanga.

    Please feel free to share your memories and insights of your family. The Florentino Hizon y Singian clan remains a part of the aristocracy of old San Fernando and all of Pampanga as well.

    Warmest regards to the family.

    Toto Gonzalez

  71. April 30, 2007 at 10:52 pm

    Louie:

    Toto Gonzalez

  72. April 30, 2007 at 3:02 am

    Hello Toto!

    I am Terry Rose Hizon… the younger sister of Marichu. We met once so I’m not sure if you recall me. Anyway, I just want to tell you that I am sooo amazed with this site! It is so informative & interesting. Marichu mentioned to me about the last Hizon reunion where she saw you. I just wish that we can have more information about our families.

    Regards …and to Joey Panlilio as well! 🙂

  73. LOUIE DISON WEST said,

    April 11, 2007 at 3:09 pm

    Toto:
    Thanks for telling me about the San Fernando trip. I love to hear any type of news on Pampanga, specially our relatives. About the Disons not being Catholics is indeed new information for me. I was not told about this by my grandmother although this might be info that could assist in my research on the Disons. I wonder who that old Hizon-Singian lady is? When I went home in 1994, I passed by the Chancery and spent some time inside, just to remind me of days gone by. My grandfather was a very religious man who went to church everyday and in fact, if you go to the church in San Fernando, you will still see the pew with the name Dison-Hizon carved on it. That is where my grandparents and 6 children (all girls) sat during mass. The Chancery also had a chapel which had antique religious figures. It also had 3 rooms that my grandfather called the
    Italian, French and the Venetian rooms. The rooms all had antiques he had bought at those places. All were ransacked during the war. It was a big house with 7 bedrooms and bathrooms. All the bedrooms had balconies which gave the occupants fresh air at night. During the early 60’s, my grandmother wanted to re-purchase the house but decided against it when her Arayat and Capas foremen were murdered.
    Toto, I wanted to ask you exactly where the Sarangaya house in QC is. Did they have more than 1 house in QC?

  74. April 9, 2007 at 7:18 pm

    Louie:

    I was just about to tell you that I saw many of our relatives in San Fernando, Pampanga during the Holy Week. I think it’s in bad taste to say that it was a lot of fun, but it was!!!

    On Holy Wednesday afternoon, I went house-hopping [ to see antique “santos” and “carrozas” and to eat the inevitable yummy “merienda” 😛 ] and predictably ended up at “Bale Tisa” the old 1870s Hizon-Singian ancestral house where the annual Rodriguez Holy Wednesday dinner was held for the second year. It was the usual roll call of various Rodriguez, Hizon, Singian, Dayrit, Lazatin relatives et. al.. “Beso-beso” here, “beso-beso” there…

    I had a very pleasant chat with Ache Vita del Rosario Rodriguez-Laki and her husband Cong Frido Mercado Laki. I remarked to Ache Vita that, according to the Hizon family tree, she and Cong Frido were related, which she affirmed. Cong Frido and I talked about the Mercado of Sasmuan. He related that the apogee of the family was during the time of Capitan Romulo Mercado, the father of the famous and historical Monico Mercado. He and Ache Vita were pleasantly surprised that I knew of “Capitan Obong” [ thanks to you!!! ]. During Capitan Romulo Mercado’s time, the family lavishly entertained many important people — much like the Arnedo of Sulipan — in an unusually large house [ for Sasmuan town ] by the river. Unfortunately, the Americans burned Capitan Obong’s “bale maragul” big house to the ground in 1898 because his loyalty remained with the Spaniards [ as did many of Pampanga’s gentry ].

    One senior relative of yours [ Hizon-Singian; I see her every year but I don’t know her name ] recalled that your direct Dizon ancestors were not Catholic, but that your grandfather Luis Wenceslao Dison y Lazatin had been converted to Catholicism before his marriage to your grandmother Felisa Hizon y Singian. She also remembered that Luis was a very rich man.

    From San Fernando, I tried to take the old road which leads to Mexico but it was blocked for repairs. I passed by the Archdiocesan Chancery, your former family home, stopped the car, and took a very good look at it. It really is a grand residence. It is an early work of Arch Fernando Hizon Ocampo; it still bears traces of traditional “bahay na bato” architecture. I have a good mind to bother Archbishop Paciano Aniceto, D.D. “Apung Ceto” soon and see the remaining interiors of that prewar house.

    I’ve been invited by Elen Jison-Golez to come to Iloilo and spend some days at their “Nelly Gardens” villa and at her beach house in Guimaras. She must be a Lopez-Jison cousin of your Dison-Bautista cousins Geny, Bong, Chiquita, and Winda. I am sure I will see many Ilonggos who will remember you from your vacations there long ago.

    Keep in touch!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  75. LOUIE DISON WEST said,

    April 9, 2007 at 4:12 pm

    Hi Toto,
    Just had lunch with Bong B., Gina Lopa and children. They are here for their
    Easter vacation. They also went to Paris to pick up Camille, their only daughter who just graduated from culinary school there. She also just graduated from law school last year. We talked about the reunion and Gina
    told me that during one of the games played, she was forced to eat Camaro and Betute. After that, she could not eat anything for a couple of days. We also talked about you and that they enjoyed your company. Regards

  76. April 9, 2007 at 9:27 am

    HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  77. April 9, 2007 at 9:26 am

    Garganta Inflamada:

    Comment # 1A coming…

    Toto Gonzalez

  78. Garganta Inflamada said,

    February 27, 2007 at 10:04 pm

    Toto:

    Just came upon this very interesting thread.

    I have a connection w/ the Lichaucos. When my parents were starting their married life in San Juan, we/they rented in an old ‘acessoria’ (do they even use that term now in Manila?) from 2 of the old maid Lichauco sisters in San Juan: 2 very nice ladies, Lina and Victoria. I don’t remember much of Lina because I was barely 3 or 4 when she passed away — even after a long recuperative visit to Switzerland. Then shortly after, the old lady Victoria, who became ninang to my 2nd brother, moved to that big Lichauco compound in Pasay. For many X’mases, we would pay our annual X’mas respects to old lady Lola. Whenever I see that housekeeper in THE SOUND OF MUSIC (who was played by character actress, Norma Varden), I am always reminded of that dear old lady, Victoria Lichauco.

    Anyway, moving on to the next family connection — God, all the names in this and your other threads are sooooooooo dizzying. If you are seriously interested in tracing the Lorenzo lineage, I could connect you with my first cousin who was Beling Lorenzo’s daughter (AND oddly enough, is doing some translating of the Don Ramon Paterno family history). Oh, she also happens to work w/ the National Archives AND those of the Manila Archibishopric!! Email me if you are interested.

    Best,
    G.I.

  79. December 15, 2006 at 1:13 pm

    Louie:

    I actually thought that Lola Marucha would live forever… “Deathless” as some people would say.

    I’m sorry to hear about your daughter’s [ Patricia? ] Boston terrier. What a pricey dog at USD $ 800… I hope the Boston terrier finds its way back to your house.

    OK, do get in touch with your cousin Piluchi.

    Toto Gonzalez

  80. December 15, 2006 at 3:11 am

    Louie:

    Piluchi gave me her email address: rpnandez@skyinet.net .

    Toto Gonzalez

  81. LOUIE DISON WEST said,

    December 14, 2006 at 7:56 pm

    TOTO:
    Lola Marucha must have been at least 105 years of age. With regards to
    Piluchi, I lost her e-mail address and also her phone#. If you happen to see her again, pls. give her my e-mail address louiewst@yahoo.com.
    It is getting very cold here now. Low 30 degrees F at night. My daughter’s
    pet boston terrier ran away a few days back and my poor daughter is devastated. She had the dog since he was a puppy. The dog was like her
    child. Anyway, she will have to get over it because that dog will never be returned to her. Whoever got it will probably keep it or sell it. They cost around $800.00 here. That was nice that you saw Piluchi. She is a nice person and I always remember her coming to my Lola’s house with her parents at least once every 3 months. She was a little chubby then and very shy. He he

  82. December 14, 2006 at 2:41 pm

    Louie:

    FYI, Maria Jison de Lopez, Lola Maria “Marucha” Jison-Lopez finally passed away last month.

    Toto Gonzalez

  83. December 14, 2006 at 2:40 pm

    Louie:

    I saw your cousin Piluchi Ocampo Fernandez today. We had a pleasant chat. Get in touch with her because she wants to tell you something.

    Toto Gonzalez

  84. LOUIE DISON WEST said,

    December 13, 2006 at 6:08 pm

    TOTO:
    May you and your family have a very merry xmas and a warm new year.

  85. December 12, 2006 at 3:30 am

    Louie:

    You’re welcome. I hope to come up with an early family tree of the Dizon Clan of Santa, Ana, Pampanga. From there, we may finally understand the various interrelationships of the Santa Ana and San Fernando, Pampanga, Concepcion, Tarlac, and Davao Dizons. We may also find the direct forebears of Felix Dison [ Dizon ] of San Fernando.

    At this point, I’d like to greet you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  86. LOUIE DISON WEST said,

    December 11, 2006 at 8:31 pm

    TOTO,
    Thanks for your time in doing the research. It is highly appreciated.
    I remember having a friend named Candido Dizon, whose father was Justice
    of the Supreme Court Arsenio Dizon. Probably related to Candido Dizon Y Henson. As I have mentioned before, Felix was an only child. I do not even know what his middle name is. Again, thank you.

  87. December 11, 2006 at 2:49 pm

    Louie:

    Here’s one early Henson family tree with Dizon links:

    I. “Eng Son” [ the Chinese patriarch of the Henson Clan ]

    II.A. Severino Henson married Placida Paras [ o 1777 – + 15 January 1840 ]

    III.A.1. Mariano Henson y Paras [ o 1798 – + 1848 ] married
    Juana Ildefonsa de Miranda y de Jesus [ o 1803 – + 1845 ],
    the only daughter of the founders of Angeles, Angel
    Pantaleon de Miranda and Rosalia de Jesus [ the
    ancestors of the Hensons, Nepomucenos, et. al. of Angeles ].

    IV.A.1.a. Jose Henson y Miranda married Gertrudes David
    [ the ancestors of former Supreme Court Justice
    Camilo D. Quiason and his brother the renowned
    historian Dr. Serafin D. Quiason ]

    IV.A.1.b. Juana Petrona Henson y Miranda married
    Dionisio Aguilar y Hipolito [ the maternal
    grandparents of General Servillano Aquino y Aguilar,
    the father of Benigno Aquino Sr., the father of
    National Hero Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. ]

    III.A.2. JOSEFA HENSON Y PARAS MARRIED DOROTEO DIZON
    [ o early 1800s – + mid 1800s ]

    IV.A.2.a. CANDIDO DIZON Y HENSON MARRIED JUANA
    DAYRIT

    II.B. Francisco Henson married Ana David

    III.B.1. Manuel Pasion Henson married Macaria Arceo

    IV.B.1.a. Guillermo Henson y Arceo married Tomasa Quison
    [ the maternal grandparents of former Justice Quiason
    and his historian brother Dr. Quiason ]

    Note the time frames…

    I’m still looking…

    Toto Gonzalez

  88. December 8, 2006 at 6:28 am

    Dawn:

    Wow!!! Is your Lola Marucha still alive after all these years???

    Toto Gonzalez

  89. December 8, 2006 at 6:26 am

    Louie:

    Your Lola Felisa’s 500-hectare Capas “hacienda” must have been a nice piece of land. There are now many residential developments in Capas, Tarlac. Was your Dison-Hizon family able to avail of the supposed “retention” of 5 hectares per heir?

    Wow… Is Lola Marucha Lopez still alive???

    Yes, Richard Lopez was married to Mindy Barredo. I had forgotten about that part of the Richard Lopez-Mindy Barredo-Carlos Perez Rubio-Maita Gomez merry-go-round. Richard Lopez is a good friend in the Manila antiques circle. He is now married to the iconically beautiful Italian-Spanish mestiza Sandra de la Rama Batestuzzi.

    Toto Gonzalez

  90. December 8, 2006 at 6:14 am

    Louie:

    I’ve found some early Dizon family trees. I am still looking for more leads.

    Toto Gonzalez

  91. LOUIE DISON WEST said,

    November 30, 2006 at 2:26 pm

    Toto:
    Thanks in advance for the research you will be doing. Hopefully, you will be able to find it. I really do not know which ones my Lola inherited from the
    Hizons or Singians and I do not think she purchased any of them herself.
    These were inherited from her parents. The Capas land was her favorite because it had such beautiful view with a stream to boot. Also, it was one
    whole property with nothing dividing it. She had 500 hectares there and it
    was the only hacienda I saw as we would have picnic’s there once in a while.
    The rest of them I do not know exactly where they are. I still have titles from
    the remainder of the haciendas that my mother gave to me and I do not know what to do with them.
    Dawn, Hello to you and your family. It is odd that I have never met you and your father. I know Luis Lopez very well since my childhood. I even remember
    when they used to live in Mabini with Lola Marucha. Yes, Dory is my aunt.
    I also know Tatat and Linda Lopez and their children. My Bautista cousins
    and I would spend some summers at Lola Maruchas house in Balayan.
    The children of Tatat would also be there with us. I do not remember their
    names except for Ike. In fact, Luis Lopez was here some years ago to celebrate Tito Benny and Tita Guia’s 50th wedding party at Tito Benny’s house in Dixon, Ca. He would hide in the garage and smoke. I learned
    that he passed away a couple of years ago. Lola Marucha is still alive if I am not mistaken. She is over 100 years old.
    Toto, Richard Lopez was married to my cousin Mindy Barredo. They divorced
    and of course, MIndy is now married to Perez-Rubio. Vicky split up with E*ilio Tuas*n and had a very messy divorce case. You can see the court case
    in the internet.

  92. November 30, 2006 at 5:27 am

    Dawn:

    It’s great to hear from you!!! How’s Jigs??? How’s everything there???

    Thanks for finding your way here…

    Really, what a small world… your Lola Maria Jison-Lopez is “Lola Marucha,” isn’t she? Where is the connection to the Lopez of Balayan, Batangas — the siblings Marybeth, Vicky, Diana Jean, and Richard Lopez? And are the Lopez of San Juan, Batangas related to those of Balayan? I know they’re all related to you.

    Dawn Lopez-Ona, meet Louie Dison West. Your Bautista-[ Lopez ]-Jison second cousins are his Bautista-Dison first cousins. Your uncle Luis Lopez is married to his Hizon relative, Adoracion “Dory” Hizon. “It’s a small world after all…”

    I am going to post some recipes in this blog. I have family recipes [ Gonzalez and Arnedo ] from the 1800s, recipes from Spanish families from the 1880s, and many recipes from the legendary doyenne Luisa Fernandez de Lichauco. I just can’t find them for the meantime.

    Happy Thanksgiving!!!

    Keep in touch!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  93. November 30, 2006 at 5:04 am

    Louie:

    Hmm… I don’t think it will be difficult to locate your great grandfather Felix Dison [ Felix Dizon ] if there is an extant genealogy of the Dizon of Santa Ana > San Fernando, Pampanga. Old Pampanga was a very small world. I will be going to the JDN CKS HAU next week and I will see what they have…

    I must say that Felix Dison was very forward thinking in acquiring all those commercial properties at that time. He acted like a Manila businessman. As we all know now, they are much better investments than “haciendas”!!!

    I’m just curious from a historian’s point of view: which of Lola Felisa Hizon Dison’s “haciendas” — San Fernando, Mexico, Arayat, Concepcion, Capas — were inherited from the Hizon and which were inherited from the Singian? Or did she purchase them herself? Landholdings and their histories are an integral part of the story of “de buena familia” old families…

    As a Gonzalez-Escaler cousin put it, the Pampanga dons should have never, ever sent Diosd*do Mac*pagal to school as he ungratefully “bit their hands” afterwards. 😛

    OK, “Operation: Find the Ancestors of Felix Dison [ Felix Dizon ]” is underway…

    Happy Thanksgiving!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  94. Dawn Lopez Ona said,

    November 29, 2006 at 8:40 pm

    Pardon the typo – i meant a recipe section for YOUR site.

  95. Dawn Lopez Ona said,

    November 29, 2006 at 8:38 pm

    Toto you crack me up. I was looking for something else on-line and your blog showed up.
    My father Teodoro ( “Teddy” ) Lopez was the brother of Luis Lopez, married to Adoracion ( Dory ) Hizon. My grandmother, Maria Lopez Jison-Lopez, was the eldest of 13 children. Her youngest brother was Francisco ( Frank ) Lopez Jison, married to Lilia Hofilena Lopez, and they owned Nelly Gardens in Iloilo. Their sister was Concepcion Lopez Jison, who married Felix Bautista. And so the children of Tito Benny and Guia (Dison) Bautista are my second cousins.
    May I suggest a recipe section for your site? I was reading about the tocino del cielo and ensaymada and would like to request you to post recipes for these treats that we in the US can replicate.

  96. LOUIE DISON WEST said,

    November 27, 2006 at 2:41 pm

    Toto:
    Luis Wenceslao Dison was an only child and so was Felix Dison. This is why
    I am having a hard time trying to research who Felix Dison’s parents were.
    All I know is that they lived at the original house where the Chancery is.
    The old house was torn down to make way for the new house. Felix Dison
    did not have any haciendas. What he had were commercial properties in
    San Fernando (downtown) and properties in Caloocan and in T.M. Kalaw,
    Ermita, where a building now exists. My grandfather was going to build a house there but instead had an office building built. They own the LWD
    building and the FHD building where the Everybody’s cafe in San Fernando is.
    I remember my Lola telling me that Lolo Luis has 38 pieces of commercial properties that he inherited from his father. My lola Felisa on the other hand
    had haciendas in Arayat, Capas, San Fernando, Mexico and Concepcion.
    All these haciendas are all gone, courtesy of Con Dadong. My grandfather
    was one of those who helped put him through law school as my Lolo was also
    a lawyer. Yes. I am hoping that someday I would be able to trace as who the parents of Felix Dison are. It would be a challenge. Maybe you can help…

  97. November 26, 2006 at 4:07 pm

    Louie:

    You haven’t told me much about your Dison / Dizon antecedents. Your grandfather Luis Wenceslao Dison y Lazatin married Felisa Hizon y Singian. Luis Wenceslao Dison was the son of Felix Dison and Isidra Lazatin. [ Felix Dison was the one who changed the family’s Dizon “z” to an “s.” ] Who were their parents? Were they longtime residents of San Fernando or had they transferred from the traditional Santa Ana, Pampanga base of the Dizon clan?

    As a researcher, I’m trying to put together a Dizon puzzle in my mind. The Henson, Paras, and Dayrit families married into the Dizon clan of Santa Ana, Pampanga. The uberrich Celestino Dizon of San Fernando lived in an immense “bahay na bato” in the property that is today the Victory Liner terminal. His daughter *beep* enjoyed gambling and casually paid her losses with TCTs transfer certificates of title. There is the family of Felix Dison [ yours ]. My maternal [ Reyes-Quiason ] great grandmother, Maria Pangan y Dizon [ de Reyes ], grew up in the 1840s Dizon ancestral house in Santa Ana town. The real love of my paternal [ Gonzalez-Arnedo ] grandmother, Rosario Arnedo y Espiritu [ de Gonzalez ], was a Dizon [ Arsenio or Bienvenido? ]. My [ half ] first cousin Regina Palanca [ Escaler ] Gonzalez is married to Manuel “Manoling” Martinez Dizon. His brother is the banker Francisco “Paquito” Martinez Dizon. “Chito” Dizon of the Dizon Mines is a good friend of my aunt, Martha Reyes-Horrigan. Bro. Rolando “Rolly” Dizon of the De La Salle Brothers is of the Dizon farms Davao family. And so forth and so on…

    It should all fit somehow, don’t you think?

    Toto Gonzalez

  98. November 26, 2006 at 3:36 pm

    Louie:

    I wonder what would have happened to Bong B. if that match had pushed through? Would he have become a crony with vast business interests? Interesting thought.

    Toto Gonzalez

  99. November 26, 2006 at 3:30 pm

    Louie:

    Yes, it was some kind of legal maneuvering — by a lawyer in-law who had married a would-be spinster of the family — that increased one family’s collective shares and decreased the other’s. The usual story.

    The Lopez-Hofilena “Nelly Gardens” villa is a landmark in Iloilo. You must have visited it when the old family members were still there.

    My friend did say that your cousin Bong B. was quite a catch in those Ateneo days…

    Your cousin Geny B. was really nice to me and even recalled that you had asked him to invite me and another cousin [ probably Ivan Henares? ] to the Hizon-Singian reunion.

    Do you have the books of old man Mariano Henson? I don’t have any of them but I know that he was a renowned authority on all things Pampango…

    I can’t write a book on the old families of Pampanga. All of our [ Pampango ] cousins and many of our friends will kill me. There is so much history that the families will want hidden… forever. Can you imagine what would happen if we wrote down what we really knew???

    Toto Gonzalez

  100. LOUIE DISON WEST said,

    November 24, 2006 at 2:48 pm

    Toto:
    Thought I’d mention that there was this daughter of the president of the
    Philippines who had a big crush on Bong. She would call him every night
    I think he dated her once or twice but got tired of the dozens of bodyguards.
    Ha. Ha.

  101. LOUIE DISON WEST said,

    November 24, 2006 at 2:42 pm

    Toto:
    You are right. Now I remember the big feud as I used to hear my Tito Benny
    talk about it to my Lola Felisa. He would mention the family names Jul*an
    and Val*ro too. I think they were his relatives. In the 60’s, their clan were
    building the International Hotel on Dewey Blvd. Due to many arguments and
    disagreements, the building never materialized. Too bad because that would
    have been a good business prospect. The lot alone they own was very big,
    and right by the water. The Nelly Gardens mansion in Jaro, Iloilo was inherited by Lilia Hofilena Lopez, the wife of Francisco Lopez Jison, brother
    of Concepcion. The Jisons also owned the Baguio Military Institute.
    Yes, Bong was a ladies man then. His girlfriends were the top of the pick
    and were all rich like Pat Recto, etc. He is very intelligent and graduated with
    honors at the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School Of Finance, MBA)
    Geny is more laid back and one who would stop and smell the roses.
    Bong on the otherhand would say “smell you later”. The books you mentioned
    I already have. Maybe you should write one about the old families of Pampanga. I am sure it will be a best seller. Can’t wait for Renan to join our
    fact gathering and information exchange.

  102. November 24, 2006 at 1:03 pm

    Louie:

    Yes, the Felix Angelo-Bautista clan is very prominent in Malolos, Bulacan. They are cousins of the Antonio Bautista y Tanjosoy clan, also a very prominent one in that town. Unfortunately, the two families had a dispute about their shares in a sugar central [ as with all “de buena familia” ], and the relations were never the same.

    The legendary Beaux Arts-style villa “The Nelly Gardens” in Jaro, Iloilo was built in 1928 by Vicente Lopez y Villanueva and his wife Elena Hofilena y Javelona, wasn’t it? The villa was inherited by their younger daughter, Lilia Hofilena Lopez [ “Manang Lil” ], who married Francisco Lopez Jison [ “Manong Frank” ] of Silay, Negros Occidental. The villa devolved to their three children: Lourdes Jison-Ledesma, Francisco Jison Jr., and Elena Jison-Golez.

    A friend — a Bautista relative — told me that Bong Bautista was handsome, a campus crush, and a stage actor during his student days at the Ateneo de Manila.

    Geny’s wife Liane Camus-Bautista was cordial. I asked your cousins Winda and Chiquita why your great grandfather Felix Dison changed his “z” to “s.” The most they could say was “he probably wanted to be different.” Liane agreed when I comically mentioned that “at least, it is easier for the Americans to pronounce “Dison” [ Die-suhn ] than “Dizon” [ Dee-zawn ].” How interesting it is to learn that her mother is a LaO’.

    Well, we’ll have to wait for cousin Renan Singian Prado to join us to learn more about the interrelationships of “le tout” San Fernando…

    So Joaquin Singian y Torres and his wife Luisa Hizon y Singian took their niece Aurea Ocampo y Hizon [ Leoncia’s “Onciang’s” daughter ] as a “alaga” ward. And Francisco Hizon y Singian and his wife Trinidad Limson also took their niece Rosario Dison y Hizon, Felisa’s daughter ] as a “alaga” ward. That is an old custom that has survived to the present… My younger brother Adolfo jokingly tells me that he will send his second daughter Monserrat [ 2 1/2 years ] to be my “alaga” ward… *lolsz!*

    Ivan H. told me that he is still completing the biographies of the important Fernandinos, although he is already gathering various data about the old families. I told him that our exchange of comments is absolutely required reading!!!

    The only books I know of that mention Pampango families extensively are those of Dr. John Larkin: “The Pampangans” [ 1964 ] and the more recent “Sugar and the Origins of Modern Philippine Society” [ 2001 ]. The latter also mentions many Negrense families.

    Yes, JDN CKS HAU’s “Sing-sing” magazine is always good reading. There is always so much information that one cannot digest it all in one reading!!! I think they are doing the Pampangos — and all Filipinos — a great service. Kudos to the HAU, Robby Tantingco, and the JDN CKS staff!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  103. LOUIE DISON WEST said,

    November 22, 2006 at 2:38 pm

    Toto:
    Geny’s grandfather was the late Justice Felix Angelo Bautista, who also was
    an educator. They own the Philippine College of Criminology and the Manila
    Law school. His grandmother was Concepcion Lopez Jison, daughter of
    Albino Golez Jison and Dolores Villanueva Lopez, who is I think an aunt of the old Eugenio “Ening” ( she was both a paternal and maternal first cousin of his father, Benito Villanueva Lopez ).
    That is why Geny’s was named Eugenio because his grandparents had him until he went to high school. Bong is a self-made man and has his hands
    into travel agencies, car rentals, phone books, investment companies, restaurant -bars, etc. He has even bought some of the Lopa owned companies like Mantrade and Nissan Philippines. Geny’s wife is a Camus,
    daughter of Quirico Camus, SGV partner of Washington Sycip. Quirico’s
    wife is a Lao (Manglapus, Lopez). Geny’s wife and Gabby Lopez of abs-cbn
    are cousins. Wow, that is weird that Leoncia is the niece of Dr. Basilio.
    That is why all of the old families of San Fernando are really interrelated.
    Lola Luisa Singian Hizon (my grandmother’s sister) married her first cousin
    Joaquin Singian (son of Cristino). they did not have any children but had
    an “alaga” who was Imang Auring Ocampo. The same goes with Francisco
    Singian Hizon (grandma’s eldest brother). He married Trinidad Limson
    but had no children. They also had an alaga who was Winda’s mother,
    Rosario Hizon Dison. Ivan is writing a book on the old families of San Fernando and I wonder how he is doing. Hopefully he finishes it soon as I
    love reading about the past. Can you recommend any book that has such
    history of the old families of Pampanga? Robby Tantingco sends me the
    Sing-Sing magazine which I love reading.

  104. November 22, 2006 at 11:00 am

    Louie:

    I was with cousin Renan Singian Prado the other night — at a Gonzalez “Doble Zeta” meeting — and we had an interesting discussion about old San Fernando families.

    He remembers his mother — Angelita Singian y Dayrit — saying that Leoncia Hizon de Ocampo “Impung Onciang” was actually a niece of Dr. Basilio Ocampo. I reminded him that her mother was Victoria Singian de Miranda y “de Ocampo.” The same was also true for her brother, Cristino Singian [ y “de Ocampo” ], who married Angela Torres.

    You’ll see him here soon.

    Toto Gonzalez

  105. November 22, 2006 at 10:22 am

    Louie:

    I had a lot of fun, considering that I was not even a Hizon-Singian. *lolsz!* And I did enjoy talking with your Dison-Hizon cousins and other relatives.

    Yes, there were many descendants of the Ramon Hizon y Singian branch present [ yellow ]. There were also many from the Victoria Hizon y Singian de Rodriguez branch [ blue ]. There was a full table of your Felisa Hizon y Singian de Dison branch [ red ]. A handful [ Tito Freddie, Pandot, and Piluchi ] of the Leoncia Hizon y Singian de Ocampo branch [ green ]. And just one — Marichu Hizon-Tioseco — from the Florentino Hizon y Singian branch [ white ].

    Your aunt Guia Dison-Bautista looks great at 84.

    I met your cousins Geny and Bong Bautista. I did not meet your cousin Winda’s husband Pet Bautista.

    Bong and his wife Gina L. were telling me that his father, Benjamin “Benny” Bautista, had just passed away at the age of 82. They found it quite odd that they had to wear red to the reunion.

    Your cousin Geny B. told me that their Bautista antecedents were from Malolos, Bulacan. What a small world [ again! ]. They are of the Felix Angelo-Bautista clan, one of the most prominent clans in Malolos.

    [ From Bulacan historian Basilidez “Dez” G Bautista: The Felix Angelo-Bautista ancestral home was a three-storey “bahay na bato” fronting the Malolos cathedral which was full of heirloom antiques. Their family owned the 19th century processional ivory image of the town’s patroness, “La Inmaculada Concepcion” “The Immaculate Conception,” which was a great sign of prestige during the Spanish era. Unfortunately, the “bahay na bato” burned down. Only the beautiful, silverplated “carroza triunfal” boat-shaped carriage of “La Inmaculada Concepcion,” a 1920s masterpiece of the “Talleres de Maximo Vicente” [ and the most beautiful example of its genre connoisseurs/collectors have ever seen ], was spared because it was wheeled out of the burning house. The ivory image of “La Inmaculada Concepcion” also survived. The image and the “carroza triunfal” are brought out in procession during the town fiesta, the feast of the Immaculate Conception every 08 December in Malolos, Bulacan. ]

    Many of his Bautista cousins [ Geny’s ] are my good friends.

    They were selling the Hizon genealogy book Volume I — “Ding Hizon ning Malabon-Rizal atpo ning Pampanga” by Jovencio Aguas Hizon — which I’m sure you have already. However, I only realized now that Volume I only covers the descendants of Vicente Hizon y Santiago and Paula David y Liwanag. One has to have Volume II to see the descendants of Felipe Hizon y Santiago and Ana David y Liwanag.

    I went through every family under the Alejandra Andrea Hizon y David and Catalino Lorenzo y Cruz branch looking for the link to the Lorenzos of Manila. I am still looking… Perhaps they are listed in Volume II as descendants of Felipe Hizon y Santiago and Ana David y Liwanag.

    Yes, Maria Lourdes “Marides” / “Des” Angeles Rodriguez-Torres is Rolly Rodriguez’s younger sister and the only daughter of Tito Gerry Hizon Rodriguez and Tita Aurora “Auring” Angeles.

    Toto Gonzalez

  106. LOUIE DISON WEST said,

    November 20, 2006 at 5:59 pm

    Toto:
    Am glad you had fun. Too bad Ivan could not join you. I did not know that it
    was going to be a small gathering. I thought it would be a grand one like the
    one they had in the 60’s. Did you enjoy talking to my relatives. Geny has always been a nice person and very relaxed. Yes, my Tita Guia and Mother
    Natividad of the Holy Spirit are the only living siblings.Tita Naty is in Olongapo
    and is a cloistered nun. Who is Des? I do not remember her. I now have around 200 pictures and some relatives I do not know anymore. On the
    Rodriguez side, I saw Freddie and Pepito Rodriguez. Looks like Lolo Ramon’s
    side was well represented. I know them well because I was particularly close
    to them. The Ocampo’s are always there when there are gatherings. Father
    Freddy still looks good. Did you know that my Tita Guia is already 84 years
    old. Do not know if you met Pet Bautista, Winda’s husband. He is the #3 man
    in the Conglomerate of John Gokongwei. John, Lance and Pet.
    Bong Bautista, Gina Lopa’s husband has group of companies in his name.
    He keeps telling me that I should have stayed in the P.I. instead so we could
    have been partners.I am happy where I am though. What Hizon books were they selling? I will ask Piluchi so she can mail me one. Next time there is a big
    reunion, I will be there and will make sure that you and Ivan are with me.
    Toto, I now remember DES. Isn’t she Rollie’s sister? Anyway, write me more
    stories as I really miss the gathering.

  107. November 19, 2006 at 8:45 am

    Louie:

    I did go!!! Ivan H couldn’t make it though, mixed-up communications.

    After reorganizing my schedule, I still had reservations about going because if it would turn out to be a “small” family reunion — which it did! — I would stick out like a sore thumb. Anyway…

    I arrived at Piluchi Ocampo-Fernandez’s house at 12:45 p.m.. Lunch was in full swing. Our cousin Des Rodriguez-Torres waved at me from her table. She was surprised to see me there. I told her I was covering it for the JDN CKS HAU, since the Hizon-Singian are an important clan of San Fernando and all of Pampanga as well. I greeted cousin Rosemarie Rodriguez-Lopez, who introduced me to a surprised Piluchi, who presented me to Tito Freddie Escaler and to Pandot. Tito Freddie was happy to see me and introduced me to the table as the “family historian.” Seated with him at the table were your aunt Guia Dison-Bautista, “Imang” Lisit Hizon-Gomez, her daughters Sita and Erlie Gomez-Manaloto, and two other people. Piluchi then invited me to lunch and accompanied me to the buffet table.

    It was a “small” family reunion [ compared to the megalogistics of a Sulipan Gonzalez reunion 😛 ]. There were four white tents pitched together in Piluchi’s garden covering nine round tables of eight seats each, about 72 people in all. At the far end was a parquet dance floor flanked by five picture boards of the branches of the family: Florentino, Leoncia, Ramon, Felisa, and Victoria. Your friendly cousin Geny Bautista took me to see the Felisa Hizon de Dison branch and he pointed out your family pictures; there were no pictures of the Florentino Hizon branch as Marichu Hizon-Tioseco did not bring any; there were nice pictures of the Leoncia Hizon de Ocampo branch, their board was full; there were also nice pictures of the Ramon Hizon branch, theirs was half-full; and there were only two small pictures of the Victoria Hizon de Rodriguez branch because our cousin Des said that the pictures were… “in San Fernando!” *lolsz!* Over the parquet dance floor hung a wide format printed, yellow colored tarpaulin with oval pictures of Don Anacleto Hizon and Dona Victoria Singian de Miranda “Hizon-Singian” Reunion 2006. Perpendicular to the parquet floor was the buffet, catered by “La Comida,” a Manila caterer popular for its reasonable prices. On the other side of the parquet floor was the registration table, where one paid the entrance fee, was given the reunion forms, and where the Hizon genealogy books were piled.

    I sat at a table near the buffet in between your cousins Gina Lopa-Bautista and Liane Camus-Bautista, Djords Javier, Chiquita Bautista-Javier, Winda Aguas-Bautista, our cousin Des Rodriguez-Torres, her husband Louie Torres, and Geny Bautista. Geny was very friendly and took many pictures which he said he would email to you. The ladies laughed at the Hizon-Singian reunion registration form because it asked for “Spouse’s Name [ current ],” “Spouse’s Name [ # 2 ],” and even “Spouse’s Name [ # 3 ]… Des exclaimed that it was “sooooo now!!!” Des and the ladies reminisced about the many ghost stories at “Bale Tisa,” even if Tito Gerry and his family never encountered one. Des comically remarked that at “Bale Tisa,” “we have all these big pictures of people I don’t know…!!!” LOL Small world, Gina Lopa-Bautista [ the eldest of the Lopa-Cojuangco siblings ] is the sister of Rapa Lopa [ # 8 ], married to my [ Quiason ] maternal second cousin Didi Quiason.

    I blended with the group rather seamlessly because while I was not a Hizon-Singian, I was related to most of the people there through their non Hizon-Singian sides…!!! LOL

    After lunch, Pandot Ocampo stood up and recited a short family history. Afterwards, Freddie del Rosario Rodriguez [ Victoria branch ] recited an extensive history of the Hizon-Singian clan. It was followed by the introduction of each branch and each individual by the most articulate family member, followed by picture-taking. When your aunt Guia Dison-Bautista was introduced, the ladies [ her daughters / daughters-in-law ] at the table imitated their Capampangan relatives and called out: “‘Imang’ Gyaaa! Gyaaa! ‘Imang’ Gyaaa!” Games followed. Even the senior family members gamely joined in. One game had the participants in pairs putting masking tape on the other’s facial and upper body parts and identifying them in Capampangan. Like schoolchildren, they identified “bumbunan” [ fontanel ], “arung” [ nose ], “balugbug” [ ears, “asbuk” [ mouth ], “tuldunan” [ nape ], etc. with a lot of coaching from the audience. It was funny because not everyone spoke Capampangan like before. There were lots and lots of laughs!!! Djords was a gas, as usual!!!

    Our cousin Des explained that only certain members of the clan were invited and that was why they all had nice, and accurate, name tags. That was why there were no “hordes of uncontrollable children.” It was a dry run / a “getting-to-know-you” gig in preparation for bigger Hizon-Singian reunions in the future. You must come to Manila for those, Louie!!!

    I paid the very reasonable entrance fee of Php 350.00/xx and Php 600.00/xx for two Hizon genealogy books [ Php 300.00/xx each ] to Piluchi Fernandez and Bambi Gamboa.

    It was sooooo nice to see Tito Te’s daughter Marichu Hizon-Tioseco again!!! We had not seen each other in 7 years!!! She arrived even later than I did, at 2:00 p.m.. There was so much catching up to do…

    At 3:00 p.m., there was a “merienda” of “bibingka” and “puto bumbong.” I left at 3:15 p.m. as I had to be somewhere else. I was told that there would be a 4:00 p.m. anticipated Sunday holy mass to be celebrated by Tito Freddie Escaler.

    At least, I now have an updated list of Hizon-Singian descendants for the Pampanga Genealogy Forum JDN CKS HAU. Very important!!!

    I had a nice time. Please convey my apologies to Piluchi for “gatecrashing” in the name of Pampanga research.

    Toto Gonzalez

  108. November 17, 2006 at 1:29 pm

    Louie:

    I was just on the phone with my second cousin Rosemarie Gonzalez Rodriguez-Lopez. She will be attending tomorrow’s reunion along with some members of her family. She told me that it will be held at Piluchi Ocampo-Fernandez’s house at # 141 Pinaglabanan road, San Juan, right in front of the Pinaglabanan church. There was no mention of a holy mass, only lunch.

    Rose mentioned that it was a “Hizon-Escaler” reunion. What happened to “Hizon-Singian”???

    I’m still coordinating with Ivan Henares through email. I’m not sure of anything yet.

    Toto Gonzalez

  109. LOUIE DISON WEST said,

    November 15, 2006 at 1:47 pm

    Toto:
    It would be nice if you could. My first cousins have been bugging me lately
    for info on our family tree starting from my daughter and also my brother and sister. My brother lives in So. San Francisco and my sister in Edwardsville, Illinois. Little do they know that I know more about the reunion than they do as I keep in touch with the Hizon-Singians even though I am far away. I am excited although I can’t be there, I will be there in spirit.

  110. November 14, 2006 at 5:59 pm

    Louie:

    I am impressed by your determination to remain connected to your Pampango roots, despite your geographical distance. For you to buy books just so you won’t forget the Capampangan dialect [ I have been told by the JDN CKS researchers that it is, in fact, a language ] !!!

    The Hizon connection to the Lorenzo is really far-out… but very interesting!

    I am sure that the Hizon-Singian reunion on Saturday [ 18 November 2006 ] will be enormous: there are so many of you!!! However, I still do not know if I can attend. I have conflicting schedules.

    Several senior Pampangos remembered the de Leon brothers of Mexico who challenged each other to a duel.

    The “bahay na bato” of the Mexico de Leon was also in barrio Parian, a little past the Lazatin-Henson and the Hizon y David “bahay na bato” on the other side of the street.

    Luz “Lucing” Sarmiento-Panlilio of Bacolor remembered it from prewar as an elegant house with an aristocratic [ read: haughty ] chatelaine.

    Toto Gonzalez

  111. LOUIE DISON WEST said,

    November 13, 2006 at 6:47 pm

    Toto,

    Sorry for the wrong spelling. I should know better. Madaleine also called me Sun-a, although I could not remember what it meant. Too long ago and w/out
    practice, I have totally forgotten the dialect. I almost forgot the Kapampangan
    language but had bought books, etc., just so I would remember.
    The Lorenzo story was told to me by my Aunt Fanny, who passed away a few years back. Have you decided to go to the reunion. I have no idea how big
    it will be but I remember back in the middle sixty’s, a big reunion was
    organized by my aunt Fanny, who is my mother’s eldest sister and a spinster}
    and Tatang Gusto Hizon, son of Don Ramon. It was held at Lola Toreng’s
    house and there must have been at least 500 guests. It took them the whole
    day just to introduce the different families. In your earlier e-mails, you
    mentioned the De Leon brothers that engaged in a duel. I just remembered
    because Tatang Gustong’s first wife was Manuela De Leon, daughter of Don
    Rafael De Leon. Manuela died so he remarried, this time to Feng Consunji. One brother Jesus married a Hizon, daughter of Lucas Hizon,
    and Leo De Leon is the eldest son who married Luli Heras. I now remember
    that my mother indeed told me about that duel.

  112. November 12, 2006 at 2:55 pm

    Louie:

    Alejandra Hizon married Catalino Lorenzo. You say that these are the Lorenzo involved in the banana business in Davao [ actually pineapples in Bukidnon ]? OhmyGod. Did the Hizon get that far??? That’s really way out of the Pampanga circle!!! That’s the clan of Rep. Maria Clara Lorenzo-Lobregat, her son Rep. Celso Lobregat, Maria Clara’s brother the tycoon Luis “Moro” Lorenzo, his son Agriculture secretary Luis “Cito” Lorenzo III, and his other son Martin Lorenzo, the food magnate.

    There is another Lorenzo clan in San Isidro, Nueva Ecija. In the 1950s, they owned the biggest poultry operation in Asia. They are still rich. It is said that they are related to the clan of Vicente Madrigal. It is also said that they are not related to the Manila Lorenzo. But with what you have told me, there may really be a connection because Mexico, Pampanga and San Isidro, Nueva Ecija are geographically not that far from each other.

    Tito Pablo “Pabling” Panlilio is indeed related to “everyone” [ who matters ] in San Fernando, Pampanga because of his parents Vicente Panlilio y Hizon and Nicolasa Dayrit y Pamintuan.

    You’re right, dear “Imang” Beatriz Rodriguez is the one who makes the good, good “ensaimadas.” Her assistants still make them, and they are as good as ever!!!

    Yes, Gene Gonzalez is my eldest brother. He is older than me by eight years. I looked at the picture of the turkey in the “Cocina Sulipena” cookbook *laughs* and it really looked emaciated by American standards. I have to point out though that that is what a Filipino turkey looks like when cooked [ specially those that roam the yards in provincial houses ]. Actually, Brother Andrew and my Dad told me that turkey was not the fowl of choice for Christmas during prewar and the Spanish era. It was the “capon,” the big imported [ American? ] chickens that they used to stuff, fry [ not even roast ], and serve on the Christmas Eve “noche buena” table.

    It was really a practice of aristocratic Filipino families in those days to employ Chinese “amahs.” You even remember your “amahs” Yayi and Madelaine. Our forebears also had them. I think the memory of “amahs” and other servants is one reason why many of the old upper-class Filipinos have such a bias towards the Chinese, which is so hypocritical considering that their fortunes were in most likelihood produced by their Chinese ancestors!!! What a reversal of fortunes… Now, it is even the educated Filipinas who are the “amahs” of the Hong Kong Chinese.

    Toto Gonzalez

  113. LOUIE DISON WEST said,

    November 10, 2006 at 3:52 pm

    Toto,
    Vicente Hizon and Paula David had 5 children. Atanacio who married Aniceta
    Hipolito. These were Gen. Hizon’s parents. Next was Graciana, who married
    Damaso De Leon. I have to check the Hizon book as to their real names.
    I am getting these names from notes I got from Ivan’s uncle Bert Magat.
    The Hizon book is at home and I am in my office right now. Alejandra Hizon
    was married to Catalino Lorenzo, whose children and grandchildren were
    high gov’t officials starting from the Macapagal administration. Some are in
    the banana business in Davao and some are into resorts in Boracay.
    Then there was Saturnino and Anacleto. You should really get a copy from
    Robby Tantingco. It features the brothers Vicente and Felipe and their
    migrating to Pampanga. Vicente Hizon Panlilio came from Felipe’s side.
    I saw your write-up on tocino del cielo. We used to have a good friend of my
    aunts, Estela Unson ( Imang Taning) who made the best tocino del cielo.
    They were so expensive but we always got them for free from her.
    Also, is the 96 year old Beatriz Rodriguez the one who made the good good
    ensaimadas? Is Gene Gonzalez your brother? I had bought a cookbook
    that he authored. It was a good book except for the picture of the turkey.
    (PAVO). Looks like the turkey was anorexic. I say that because the turkeys here are so plump that they call them butterball.
    With regards to Neil Adams, I think her last name was Salvador. Adams was a screen name, just like Fred Cortes, whose real name was Frederick Osborne. When I was very young, my grandmother had 2 amas, Yayi and
    Madelaine. Yayi was a lot older and passed away while I was still in my
    early years. I remember Madelaine well. She was the boss of the household
    help, yelling at them at all times. She and Yayi were chinese and read the
    Fookien Times everyday. Madelaine taught me Fookien, but I have forgotten
    the language. When I became a teenager and started dating, Madelaine would always give me money when I would be out on dates. Of course I was
    double dipping because my Lola would give me money too.I do not know
    where Madelaine got her money from but I remember she would never run out of money. When it was time for me to leave the P.I., she became distraught and in a few months of me leaving, she passed away, I guess
    from a broken heart. I was the love of her life and she treated me like a son.
    Lola never told me where Yayi and Madelaine came from but I heard the
    word Formosa mentioned in my Lola’s conversation. What a lady Madelaine
    was. Very loving and up to now I feel so sad eveytime I think of her.
    Funny, our exchange of comments has become a venue for me to reflect of
    things past.

  114. November 10, 2006 at 9:28 am

    Louie:

    Thanks to you, I now know that there were three early Hizon y David siblings: Anacleto Hizon y David who married Victoria Singian de Miranda, Graciana Hizon y David who married Damaso de Leon, and Saturnino Hizon y David who married 1 ] Maria Quison, 2 ] Adriana Dayrit, and 3 ] Cornelia Sison.

    I really should get a copy of the Pampanga Hizon genealogy.

    So Saturnino Hizon married for the third time to Cornelia Sison. I wonder if she was a Sison from Lingayen, Pangasinan? So her name wasn’t Cleofe or Cleotilde as I thought. What a memory I have!!! 😛

    Old Dr. Mayorico Sandico told me that Saturnino Hizon and Cornelia Sison were his maternal grandparents. His mother Pilar Hizon y Sison was their daughter. She married Manuel Sandico. That was his kind way of simplifying their genealogy for me…

    Your Tito Fred Cortes had such an interesting life. What a pity he passed away at only 42 years…!!!

    That is really amazing: how was Neil Adams, the wife of Steve McQueen, related to the Filipino Salvadors of show business fame???

    I like your Lola Virginia Najera Sancho-West-Osborne-Connaly-Bennett. She was like Elizabeth Taylor with all those husbands. She must have been a beautiful lady. She was “la viuda alegre”…!!!

    I am familiar with the Nakpil ancestral house in Quiapo. It was built by Ariston Bautista y Lin and his wife Petrona Nakpil. The couple were childless and the house devolved to the Nakpil in-laws. It is fortunate that it is still well-preserved. A Zialcita-Nakpil descendant, Dr. Fernando “Butch” Zialcita, is a good friend. A de Lange-Nakpil descendant, Mark Mallari, is married to Alexandra “Alexie” Claparols of the Bacolod Lacson; both are also good friends.

    Toto Gonzalez

  115. LOUIE DISON WEST said,

    November 9, 2006 at 4:30 pm

    Toto,
    You better make sure you go because I am sure you will enjoy it. Also, you
    will be able to give me a blow by blow account of what has transpired during
    the reunion. You do know more than most of the people that will attend the reunion. You could probably educate them on the family lines while you are there.
    Don’t forget to tell them I said Hi, especially to Piluchi and Renan.
    Louie

  116. November 9, 2006 at 3:49 pm

    Louie:

    Thank you! I would appreciate that. I will then forward them to the JDN Center for Kapampangan Studies at the HAU.

    Actually, some cousins are urging me to attend the Hizon-Singian reunion with them, saying that I know their clan and their relatives far more than they do. We’ll see…

    Toto Gonzalez

  117. LOUIE DISON WEST said,

    November 9, 2006 at 3:17 pm

    Toto,
    Piluchi Ocampo Fernandez promised to send me through the e-mail pictures
    of the Hizon-Singian reunion. If you want, I can forward them to you. Let me know.

  118. LOUIE DISON WEST said,

    November 9, 2006 at 2:48 pm

    Toto,
    Saturnino Hizon, brother of Anacleto was married three times.The first one was Maria Quison, followed by Adriana Dayrit and lastly Cornelia Sison. One son, Lucas, married a Sandico. Their daughter Amalia owned the Red Ribbon chain of bakery. Not sure of the name but it was bought out by Jollibee. Another daughter Adoracion “Doring” was married to Luis Lopez, former congressman of Batangas.
    I should tell you a story about my uncle Fred (father’s brother). He got tired
    of being a movie actor there so decided to come to the US to try his luck here.
    He auditioned in the big studios in CA. but could not pass because of his accent, which was a combination of Spanish and Tagalog, so he decided to
    open his own Beauty Salon on Sunset Blvd. which at that time (50’s) was the
    place to be. He turned out to be a good hairstylist that his clients were 90%
    movie stars. Elizabeth Taylor was so thrilled everytime Tito Fred would touch
    her hair. One of the customers was Neil Adams who was Steve Mc’Queens
    wife. Neil was related to the Salvador’s in the P.I. who were also actors there.
    My dad would come and visit Tito Fred and when he met Steve Mc’Queen
    they started hanging out together. They called themselves the Three Musketeers. That friendship continued until Tito Fred passed away at age
    42, leaving behind a bevy of stunningly beautiful girlfriends.
    My Grandmother the Sancho Najera got married 4 times, and they were all
    foreigners. West, Osborne, Connaly and Bennett. The weird thing about it
    is they all died while they were married to her. This is why her grandchildren
    called her the witch. Lola Virginia had a sister Enriqueta Najera Sancho who
    was married to Ramon Nakpil. They has a son Angel who was a famous architect during his time. We used to visit them in Quiapo (Barbosa St?)
    My dad told me that Angel married Carmen Guerrero Nakpil.
    Angel was my dad’s first cousin and were very close although I never knew
    him. I only knew her mother Lola Keta.

  119. November 9, 2006 at 12:51 pm

    Louie:

    This blog has been getting a lot of hits searching for “Anacleto Hizon” and “Victoria Singian de Miranda” in the past several days… It looks like that Hizon-Singian reunion on 18 November 2006 is reaching fever-pitch!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Toto Gonzalez

  120. November 9, 2006 at 12:46 pm

    Louie:

    I don’t really know a lot of Pampango history. I just read a lot, listen well to reliable sources, and somehow retain most of it. I am criticized by some people for only knowing about the history of the Pampango and Filipino upper class and not the majority of people. But then, I cannot write with authority about what I do not know…

    That was quite a story about the Japanese aristocrat-turned-gardener-turned-Colonel. That story must be filed at the JDN Center for Kapampangan Studies at HAU!!!

    There were several similar stories like yours in Pampanga. But yours is remarkable because it turned out that the Japanese gardener was actually an aristocrat!

    I was told that Tito Ernesto “Ernie” O. Escaler — along with all the sons of “good families” [ like Philip A. Buencamino Jr., Gonzalo W.R. Gonzalez, and Rafael A. Estrada ] — was in Bataan with the Americans at the outbreak of the war. They also went through “The Death March” from Mariveles, Bataan to Capas, Tarlac. I wonder if Col. Mikimoto encountered Tito Ernie during “The Death March” or in the Capas concentration camp?

    The Valdes-Liongson family in Bacolor also had a Japanese gardener who emerged as an officer with the Imperial Army during the war.

    Lolo Macario Arnedo and his wife Lola Maria Espiritu [ who liked plants and gardens very much ] also employed a Japanese gardener in their house in Barrio Capalangan, Apalit. Lola Maria died in 1934. Lolo Macario died in late 1940 and did not see the war. The Japanese gardener returned as an officer at the outbreak of the war and commandeered the house as the garrison as it had the most modern conveniences at the time. Most of the beautiful antique furniture inherited by Lolo Macario and zealously collected by Lola Maria were chopped by the Japanese [ and Korean ] soldiers to firewood for their hot baths. The chandeliers, porcelain vases, and Indochinese pedestals were thrown outside the windows and consequently smashed to smithereens. The paintings and portraits were all slashed with their swords beyond recognition.

    It was a good thing that the Japanese soldiers did not burn the old house of Lolo Macario and Lola Maria during the war. An Arnedo-Espiritu intrafamily feud achieved that in July 2002. “Sic transit gloria mundi.” Hahahah.

    Toto Gonzalez

  121. LOUIE DISON WEST said,

    November 6, 2006 at 2:51 pm

    Toto,
    What a story teller you are. You know so much Pampango history that it
    is overwhelming. Very happy to have communicated with you. The Japanese
    era in the Philippines was very scary indeed but a bit interesting. My Lola
    told me that 2 years before the war broke in the P.I., there was this Japanese
    man who asked if he could work for my grandparents. Since he hinted that
    he was a good gardener, he was hired as such. He worked at the now chancery and was given a room for himself. The maids were always complaining to my Lola because they say that the lights in his room were
    turned on all night , and when the maids peeped, they saw a big map where
    the Japanese man would study at night. My Lola dismissed the complaints
    and told the maids not to bother him. When the Japanese invaded the P.I.,
    he came to see my grandparents, this time in uniform. He was a Colonel
    of the Japanese Imperial Army. He assured my grandparents that he will do his best to protect them and the house. He also told my Lolo that he will supply him with San Miguel beer, which was my Lolo’s passion.
    Ernesto Escaler became the Colonel’s chauffeur after he saved Escaler from
    death. Colonel Mikimoto survived the war and afterwards went back to Japan
    with one of my grandparents maid in tow. She had become pregnant by him.
    The Colonel kept in touch until my Lolo’s death in 1952. In 1964, we heard
    from his wife (the maid), that he had passed away. The ceremony was so
    extravagant as seen in pictures sent by the wife. We later found out that he
    was of royal Japanese blood, directly related to the Emperor.

  122. November 4, 2006 at 4:02 pm

    Louie:

    Herman Warns was the first husband of Maria Paz “Pacita” Paterno Madrigal. Vicente “Bu” is their son. Atty. Gonzalo Walfrido Rafols Gonzalez was her second husband. Atty. Ana Maria Gizela “Ging” Madrigal Gonzalez [ Mrs. Aurelio “GG” Reyes Montinola Jr. ] is their daughter. Bu is a wonderful man whose easygoing company I enjoy immensely. He’s even more wonderful now that he has “all that”…!!!

    Yes, Ging Jison is married to “Dobbie” Naguiat, Sergio “Serge” Feliciano Naguiat’s older brother. She is Rosalie “Salie” Henson-Naguiat’s sister-in-law. In another twist, Ging Jison-Naguiat is the sister of Buddy Jison who was the former husband of the beautiful Rosalind Cordero Gonzalez, a daughter of Fausto Gonzalez y Sioco and Pastora Cordero y Gomez, she is a much younger first cousin of my father. Their handsome son Dr. Jake Gonzalez Jison is a doctor at the Makati Medical Center.

    According to my uncle Brother Andrew [ who was most probably told by my Lola Charing ], Alfonso “Ponceng” de Leon was a half-brother of Jose Leoncio “Pitong” de Leon y Hizon. He was a full brother of Faustina “Pitang” David, the mother of the very popular Tita Erlinda “Linda” David Palanca-Mabanta.

    The Negrenses are a lot of fun. More than the Pampanguenos, I say. The former have a talent for “l’arts de vive” the arts of life. The latter know how to dine, but they spend most of their time working tirelessly to increase their holdings.

    Lola Charing [ Rosario Lucia Arnedo y Espiritu, de Gonzalez o 13 December 1903 – + 18 May 1977 ] was a loudmouthed, loquacious lady, at least until her first heart attack in 1972. Although left with a large fortune by her husband [ who was her uncle; a half first cousin of her father Governor Macario Arnedo y Sioco ], she essentially remained the ingenuous barrio girl. The Arnedo were no longer very rich by the time she was born in 1903, and she grew up in awe of her wealthy Escaler and Gonzalez uncles and aunts, who only waxed richer with every passing day. She was not a socialite; she much preferred the Catholic Church, the priests and nuns, and her many charities.

    The Arnedos have irretrievably entered the realm of Filipino legends.

    That story was related by Tito Victor “Vic” Buencamino y Abreu [ Jr. ] in his memoirs.

    There was indeed a high-ranking Japanese prince, a close relation of the Meiji Emperor, who visited with the Arnedos in the 1890s. He gave them an incense burner of solid silver, which devolved to Brother Andrew and which he gave to me. I was told by the elders that in the early days of the Japanese occupation in late 1941, a Japanese officer and his soldiers entered the Arnedo mansion and looked around. To the family’s surprise, they knelt and bowed reverently before the Japanese incense burner. The Arnedo family was treated with respect by the Japanese soldiers after that, but it did not keep them from evacuating to a nearby “hacienda” across the Pampanga river.

    If Tito Vic’s story was true, it is my theory that the Arnedos were advised beforehand [ the way present-day hosts are advised of their guests of honor’s likes and dislikes ] that they would greatly honor their guest if the chinaware used would be thrown away after the meal. Joaquin Arnedo probably purchased a [ disposable ] dinner service specially for the occasion as he certainly would not have allowed the precious, “M S” [ Maria Sioco ] monogrammed Paris porcelain service given him by the Grand Duke Alexis Alexandrovich Romanov after the latter’s 1891 visit to be destroyed. To this day, I have the many serving pieces — platters, bowls, tureens, casseroles, sauceboats — of a late 19th century “Theodore Haviland” porcelain service from the Arnedos, but all the various plates and saucers are conspicuously missing…!!! Could it be that it was the actual service used during that storied reception for the Japanese prince???

    Of course the Arnedos’ household staff fished the porcelain out of the Rio Grande de Pampanga, but they brought them to their own little houses also in Sulipan. To this day, every now and then, I am able to purchase various old plates of the Arnedos, albeit cracked and chipped, from their former retainers in that area…

    I collapsed laughing with your story about General Maximino Hizon and his first cousin Florentino Hizon y Singian. So Florentino was “muy agarrado” [ very tight ]… That was why he was very rich!!! 🙂

    Yes, I know that there are Hizons of Pampango descent in Davao. Tito Pabling Dayrit Panlilio spoke of his father, Vicente Hizon Panlilio, who had a first cousin, Vicente Panlilio Hizon, who migrated to Davao and became very successful there. I didn’t know that they had migrated as early as prewar. Some of them have become very rich. I was told that the basketball star Vince Hizon was a Pampango Hizon, but I didn’t know that he was of the Davao branch.

    About ten years ago, there was a buzz in the highest circles of the Manila antique world about a pair of [ uberrare ] 19th century Simon Flores y de la Rosa portraits that had been sold by a Davao family for a princely sum. Obviously, the subjects were Pampanguenos and not Davaoenos, since Simon Flores never reached Davao. I now forget if the subjects were Hizons or Pamintuans, another Pampango family with a branch in Davao.

    Simon Flores y de la Rosa did paint the Hizon progenitors from Mexico, Pampanga. I have seen his portraits of Saturnino Hizon y David and his wife Cornelia Sison de Hizon, even before they were restored. Saturnino was buck-toothed. Cornelia was a Chinese mestiza. I was told that the portraits first hung in the original, tile-roofed 1820s Hizon bahay-na-bato immediately to the left of the still extant Lazatin-Henson bahay-na-bato in barrio Parian, Mexico, Pampanga (where there were 12 silver pineapple “paliteras” toothpick holders which devolved to the various grandchildren, as related by the Hizon descendants according to historian Manuel “Sonny” Imperial Tinio Jr). They devolved to the Sandico-Hizon descendants. The present owner spent Php millions to have the pair cleaned and restored. They are treasures of inestimable value!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  123. LOUIE DISON WEST said,

    November 3, 2006 at 3:13 pm

    Toto:
    Pacita Madrigal was also married to Warns? I remember Bu Warns.
    The name Naguiat sounds familiar. Is one of the Naguiat men married to
    Ging Jison of Silay? Don Ponceng became president of PASUDECO. We used to visit him at his office in Escolta. From what I understand, he was a half-brother of Don Peping and the son of Don Pitong. Am not sure but that is what is stuck in my mind. Montinola sounds familiar too. You see, my mother’s
    youngest sister Guia Dison Bautista’s husband’s mother is a Lopez-Jison.
    They are from Silay and I used to vacation there from time to time. This is
    why I know a lot of people from Silay. Bibing Montelibano Villanueva is a very
    close friend and we call each other cousin even though we are not related.
    Whenever she is in CA., she would hang out with us all the time.
    I have seen pictures of your grandmother Rosario. I will have to look and see
    which book featured her. The Arnedo banquets are legendary. After dinner
    the plates, etc are thrown out the window to show the guests that they are the only ones that will use the plates but soon afterwards the household help
    would pick the plates again for reuse. Is this true? Very funny.
    Florentino Singian Hizon, my lola’s brother and grandfather of Te was one
    of those solicited for donations to finance the revolution. General Maximino Hizon, Lola’s first cousin headed the revolution in Pampanga. All the rich
    families donated large sums except for Florentino who gave a paltry amount.
    He got the General so mad that he was put in jail. I am telling you this because that is how strong in character General Hizon was. He was my
    idol and I have been trying to research more about him.
    Anyway, did you know that Davao is now inundated with Hizons. Some
    branches of the Hizons migrated to Davao in the 30’s and are now very
    successful in various types of business. They even have a big school named
    after Vicente Hizon, out great-great grandfather. Vince Hizon, the basketball
    star came from that branch.Well, have a nice weekend and take care.
    Louie

  124. November 3, 2006 at 12:04 am

    Louie:

    I am just as happy corresponding with you: I am learning a lot about “le tout San Fernando” from a Spanish and English mestizo Pampango living thousands of miles away in Fairfield, California at that!

    I have no doubt that you were your Lola Felisa’s favorite. It was quite something — and still is, I believe — for a [ Pampanguena ] Lola to have a mestizo “nino bonito” grandson. She must have been pleased that your mother Felisa “mejorar la raza” improved the race! It’s a good thing that you took on your Pampango heritage three years ago…

    Ivan Henares has become a good friend of mine. I call him ” My dear Ivan the Terrible.” I admire his serious scholarship immensely. I have heard of the culinary expertise of his great grandmother Salud Dayrit “Apung Salud.” She was the sister of Francisco Dayrit “Apung Kiko,” a good friend of my Lola Charing Arnedo-Gonzalez. Their delicious large “ensaimadas” are much sought after.

    Rene Angel “Renan” Singian Prado is a third cousin of mine on the Gonzalez Baliuag side. His father Rene Gonzalez Prado was a second cousin of my father Augusto Beda Arnedo Gonzalez. Rene’s mother Caridad Gonzalez de Prado was a first cousin of my grandfather Augusto Gonzalez y Sioco. Caridad’s mother Soledad Gonzalez de Gonzalez was the eldest sister of Lolo Augusto’s father Dr. Joaquin Gonzalez. Small world again!!!

    Your daughter Patricia West-Becerril must be a pretty mestiza lady. And she continued to “mejorar la rasa” by marrying Luis Miguel and having the very cute Adriana. And she is a graduate of UC Davis to boot!

    Physically, that is as far as you can get from the Oriental features of Anacleto Hizon and Victoria Singian de Miranda… 🙂

    I’m so sorry to hear about what happened to your Tito Picho Ferrandiz!!! No wonder I didn’t hear of him anymore after those much touted cooking lessons…

    I can just imagine your wife Margaret’s “Valenciana”…!!!

    The Hizon Clan of Pampanga is just enormous.  To think that it stretches all the way to two branches of the uberrich Madrigals. 

    My [ Harvard-educated ] second cousin Atty. Gizela “Ging” Madrigal Gonzalez-Montinola, is a first cousin of Jamby’s.  She is the only daughter of my father’s first cousin Atty. Gonzalo Walfrido Rafols Gonzalez and onetime Senator Maria Paz “Pacita” Paterno Madrigal.

    You probably know more about what’s happening here in the Philippines than I do.  I’m so exasperated that I no longer bother to read the local newspapers.  Always the same inane things anyway.  I prefer to read the news in New York, London, and Paris where my kind of action is…!!!

    Yes, the David are another big clan.  I don’t really know if The Clan began in Guagua, San Fernando, or Mexico.  A naughty thought:  I wonder if the David Clan had Jewish antecedents???

    I am not surprised that Anacleto Hizon and Serafin Lazatin were related through the David line.  Tito Pablo “Pabling” Dayrit Panlilio told me that he was related to Tita Lourdes “Luding” Palanca-Gonzalez — the wife of my father’s eldest half-brother Rogerio “Rogie” Escaler Gonzalez — through the David line.  If I remember right, Jose Leoncio “Pitong” de Leon y Hizon had a half-sister, Josefa “Pitang” David [ the mother of Tita Luding ] and a half-brother, Alfonso “Ponceng” de Leon.  But I do not know exactly how they are such. 

    I was with a Henson cousin, Rosalie “Salie” Henson-Naguiat, at lunch last week and she related that a historian cousin of hers theorized that the Pampanga Sadie family [ Henson – Sadie, Castor – Sadie ] could actually be of Arab descent — “Zahdy.”  It seems possible because the descendants have particular Arabic / Caucasian features.  Interesting theory…

    Yes, it was really different when the family elders were still alive.  It was really a nicer world:  so many genuinely good people, so much affection,  so many wonderful traditions, so much good food, and much, much more.  Sadly, that world also passed away with them.

    The athletic Najera brothers I spoke of actually grew up in the United States.  They have since returned there.  I really would not be surprised if they turned out to be relatives of yours.      

    Toto Gonzalez

  125. LOUIE DISON WEST said,

    October 31, 2006 at 3:26 pm

    Toto,
    So many things to talk about. I am just so happy to be communicating with you as I live so far away and miss the Philippines, especially Pampanga.
    I started becoming interested in my roots 3 years ago. I was very close to my
    grandmother, Lola Felisa who passed away in 1969. I was her alaga and slept
    in the same bed until I was 16 years of age. She told me many fascinating stories so 3 years ago, I decided to find out more about the family.
    Ivan Henares was instrumental in assisting me get started. You know that
    Ivan is also a relation through the Singian line. His great grandmother was the
    best cook in San Fernando, Apung Salud Singian Dayrit. She was very close to
    my grandmother. Cousin Renan Singian Prado also helped me with the Singian line. I only have 1 child. Patricia is her name and is already married to Luis
    Miguel Becerril who is from Mexico. They have a 6 month old love of my life
    named Adriana. She is so cute with her almost red hair and deep green eyes.
    Patricia graduated from the University of California, Davis.
    Tito Vicenting (Picho) Ferrandiz is my mother-in-law’s youngest brother.
    Nice guy and unfortunately he is not with us anymore. He was murdered at his home in Paranaque a few years back. Yes, all the Ferrandiz brood were
    very excellent cooks. My wife can whip up a mean Arroz de la Valenciana.
    The Ferrandiz are from Valencia, Spain. My mother in law’s middle name is
    Barreto and they are from Portugal. I do not know Jamby but I mentioned her because her family was included in the Hizon family tree. All I know is that
    she is a senator. I am fully aware of the happenings there through the Internet. Tito Gerry and Tito Jess are indeed 2nd cousins. My mother and Tito
    Jess are also second cousins. Even the late Serafin Lazatin is related to Anacleto Hizon through the David line.You are so right when you say that everybody in Pampanga are related in some way. I remember that when
    the three grand ladies of San Fernando were still alive (Lola Felisa, Lola Toreng and Lola Sion), they would visit each other all the time. Lola Toreng
    was always smiling and gave my Lola a big hug everytime they saw each other. Lola Sion had a raspy voice and during Christmas season will give me
    money and tell me “o ening pera, sali kang pakbong”. I probably murdered
    the Pampango language but that is what she told me then.
    These three ladies all passed away almost at the same time and I was in all
    3 funerals. When my Lola died, the motorcade was so long and motorcycle
    cops escorted us all the way from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church to
    San Fernando. Upon arriving San Fernando, the local motorcycle cops were
    waiting to escort us. Every traffic policeman saluted us and they all were wearing black bands. The mass was the Gregorian mass led by 5 priests
    who became priests because my grandparents supported them financially.
    Really touching. I do not know any Najeras from Manila. All I know is they
    are in Spain. Very possible that they could be relatives. Hope to hear from you soon.

  126. October 30, 2006 at 11:39 pm

    Louie:

    It is interesting to note that Architect Ocampo had outstanding athletes and a noted artist for sons.

    Dom Martin Gomez O.S.B. [ Gang Gomez ] is a wonderful man. He graciously invited me to join their family at their reunion dinner after the “Fiesta de Asuncion” Feast of the Assumption procession in San Fernando last 15 August 2006, Tuesday. Their family, the Gomez-Hizon, is spearheading the revival of San Fernando’s original “fiesta” because the image of the Assumption is a heirloom of the Paras family, “Imang Lisit’s” maternal side.

    The funny thing is that the GonzaleZ of Pangasinan and the GonzaleZ of Baliuag, Bulacan [ and therefore the GonzaleZ of Sulipan, Apalit, Pampanga ] acknowledge their kinship but do not know exactly how they are related!!! One version says that their Gonzalez ancestor was a Spaniard — a trader of goods — who plied the lengths of the rivers in Luzon and created families along the way. Another version says that Da Maria Amparo Gonzalez y de los Angeles was the eldest sister of the three Don Francisco Gonzalez brothers who transferred to Pangasinan. And so forth and so on…
    But more than [ perhaps ] being distant relatives, I am great friends with them: the very interesting sisters Margarita “Maita” and Mercedes “Ditas” Gomez, their wonderful mother Tita Cecilia “Cecing” Favis de Gomez, and their formidable aunt Tita Beatriz “Betty” Favis de Gonzalez.

    Yes, Maita Gomez was married to Carlos Perez Rubio. Carlos is now married to Mindy Barredo. And Mindy is your cousin because her mother Gloria Connaly Barredo was a sister of your father. Really, what a small world!

    Dr. Favis and Dr. Gomez are relatives of your Ferrandiz mother-in-law. The surname Ferrandiz rings a bell because some years ago, it was absolutely “the in thing” for Forbes Park and Dasmarinas village matrons to take Spanish cooking lessons from Picho Ferrandiz. Any relation?

    Your paternal grandmother was a Najera. The surname Najera rings a bell as well because about ten years ago, the star athletes Leo and Louie Najera, who grew up in the United States, were very popular in Manila. Were they related to you?

    As I thought correctly, your family is an unusually goodlooking Capampangan brood… 🙂

    Let me get this straight… your mother was also named Felisa like your grandmother? So there was Felisa Hizon [ y Singian ] de Dison, your grandmother, and Felisa Hizon Dison-West, your mother.

    I find it very admirable that your 32 years in the United States [ since 1974 ] have not diminished your identity as a Pampango, and a patrician at that!!!  Are your children still aware of their Pampango ancestry?

    Mr. and Mrs. Jose Hizon Rodriguez — “Tito Peping” and “Tita Erly” — are the embodiment of social correctness in that they are always present during important occasions like the birthdays, the weddings, and the funerals of their patrician Pampango relatives and friends. Of course, there is also our pretty cousin Rosemarie Gonzalez Rodriguez. She is now Mrs. Juan “Johnny” Soriano Lopez and she has nice-looking children. She is an expert on good food!

    I always knew that the Pampanga Hizon clan was large, but I had absolutely no idea that it was… enormous!!! If your grandmother Da Felisa Hizon de Dison and Da Amanda A.S. de Madrigal’s mother were Hizon first cousins, then it would follow that D Anacleto Hizon had a sister who married a Teopaco, or an Abad Santos?

    Jamby [ Maria Ana Abad Santos Madrigal / Madame la Comtesse Dudoignon de Valade ] is a dear friend. I do not see much of her these days now that she is uberbusy as a Senator of the Republic.

    You’re right: the Spanish mestizo Arrastia are from Lubao. I just had this idea that all the Spanish mestizo families in that axis — Floridablanca-Lubao-Guagua-Porac — all originated from Floridablanca town, because that is where the “Casa de Campo” was in the 1800s. Several prominent Spanish mestizo families originated from there: the Ortigas, Valdes [ Benito ], Toda, Toledo, et. al..

    The Singian / Sinjian clan is remarkable for its enduring wealth. All Singian descendants are rich, if not very rich. I have seen pictures of D Cristino Singian and his wife Da Angela Torres [ described as “rich, rich, rich” ] at Tita Carmen “Mameng” Lazatin’s beautifully-preserved home.

    I had no idea that Gerry Hizon Rodriguez “Tito Gerry” and Jesus Singian Lazatin “Tito Jess” were actually second cousins through the Singian line.  I always knew that they were great friends and probably relatives, but I had no idea that the blood relation was that close. 

    OhmyGod.  At this point, I think I can say that all of San Fernando, Pampanga is only one family.  I will tell Ivan Henares that!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  127. LOUIE DISON WEST said,

    October 30, 2006 at 4:08 pm

    Toto,
    Yes, Pandot was one of his sons. The other two were Oscar, who was a star
    soccer player at the Ateneo and the other one was Ed, who was the best
    basketball guard the Philippines ever had. Gang Gomez sends me their
    newsletter from Bukidnon every year. He is my second cousin. Funny that you
    mentioned that you were related to the Favis-Gomez clan. My wife’s mother
    is also related to them. In fact, Dr. Favis of Florida always comes to visit my mother-in-law here in Ca.. There is also a Dr. Gomez in San Francisco
    who is also related to my mother-in-law. He is the uncle of Maita, who was married to Carlos Perez Rubio. Carlos is now married to my cousin Mindy
    Barredo. My wife’s name is Margaret Ferrandiz Smyth. Her mother is half-Spanish and half-Portuguese. Her father is English. They grew up in the Philippines but settled here afterwards. My father’s name was Richard Sancho West. Half-Spanish, half-English. His mother was Virginia Najera Sancho.
    The Najera name is often linked to royalty in Spain. El Duque de Najera was
    her great grandfather. My mother was Felisa Hizon Dison. She passed away
    two years ago. We have been living in the U.S. since 1974.
    I remember Tita Erly and Tito Pepe as they would go and visit my grandmother periodically. They would have Rosemary with them at all times.
    To show you how large the Hizon Clan is, it even streches to the Madrigal
    (Jamby’s side). Amanda Teopaco Abad Santos and My Lola Felisa are first
    cousins. Mandy Abad Santos Madrigal is my mother’s second cousin and
    Jamby is my third cousin. With regards to the Arrastias, I think they were
    from Lubao. I know that they had a 300 hectare farm in Lubao.
    My grandmother’s mother Victoria had a brother Cristino and a sister Dolores.
    Cristino had 14 children and one of them was Lola Sion Lazatin, Tatang Jess’s
    mother. Dolores remained single. Later.

  128. October 27, 2006 at 7:03 pm

    Louie:

    I had never delved deeper into the San Fernando Hizon Clan until now… It is very enlightening because I see the complex web of intrafamilial relations more clearly. Thank you very much!

    Of course, I never met Victoria Hizon [ y Singian ] de Rodriguez “Impung Toreng” who was Tito Gerry’s mother [ I was born 02 January 1967  😛 ].  So I always regarded her as ancient.  Imagine my surprise when you told me that she was, in fact, the youngest daughter of Anacleto Hizon and Victoria Singian de Miranda…!!!

    Really, what a small world… Dom Martin Gomez O.S.B.’s [ Gang Gomez’s ] wonderful mother Eloisa Paras Hizon “Imang Lisit,” Mrs. Domingo Gomez, is the youngest daughter of Ramon Hizon y Singian and Maria Paras y Mendoza.  She is also a niece of your grandmother Felisa Hizon de Dison and a first cousin of your mother!

    Really, what a small, small world… It just occurred to me that Jose Hizon Rodriguez  “Tito Peping” [ married to my father’s paternal first cousin Erlinda Valdes Gonzalez “Tita Erly” of Sulipan, Apalit and Bacolor; She is also “Peping’s” niece through the Rodriguez line:  Jose Hizon Rodriguez and Erlinda’s father Emilio Gonzalez y Sioco { + 1925 }  were { half } second cousins ] and his youngest brother Gerry Hizon Rodriguez “Tito Gerry” are also first cousins of your mother!!! 

    Goodness, I never thought that Ernesto Escaler y Ocampo “Cong Ernie” and his wife Maria Luisa de Leon y Lichauco were actually related through the Hizon line: Anacleto Hizon and Graciana Hizon de de Leon were siblings; Leoncia Hizon de Ocampo and Jose Leoncio “Pitong” de Leon y Hizon were first cousins; Aurea “Auring” Ocampo de Escaler and Jose “Peping” de Leon y Joven were second cousins; Therefore, Ernesto “Ernie” Escaler y Ocampo and Maria Luisa de Leon y Lichauco were actually third cousins.

    Although a trivial detail, it is significant nonetheless because Jose Escaler y Sioco “Tio Pepe” [ o 1881 – + 1927 ], “Cong Ernie’s” father, believed in marrying within the family to preserve the vast Escaler-Sioco holdings — although he himself did not practice his belief: his first girlfriend [ he was older by fourteen years ] was the highly educated Dr. Encarnacion Alzona of Manila [ o 25 March 1895;  the first Filipina Ph.D.:  Ph.D. History at Columbia University in 1922; A.M. at Radcliffe College, Harvard University 1920 ]; afterwards, he married Aurea “Auring” Ocampo y Hizon of San Fernando, despite the objections of his mother, Sabina Sioco de Escaler [ o 1858 – + 1950 ], who felt that the Ocampo lady was “outside the family circle.”

    Although he himself did not “marry within the family,” Jose “Pepe” actively encouraged his sisters to marry relatives, the closer the better. Marina “Maring” Escaler y Sioco [ + 1928 ] married her maternal first cousin Augusto “Bosto” Gonzalez y Sioco.  She liked him a lot but he was initially reluctant because he was aware of the genetic dangers of intrafamily marriages.  She threatened to commit suicide if he would not marry her so he relented.  It turned out to be a happy marriage. Josefa “Sepa” / “Siting” Escaler y Sioco married her maternal second cousin Rafael Fernandez y Santos. It was a very difficult marriage because of Rafael’s misdeeds. Carolina “Aning” / “Carola” Escaler y Sioco, the youngest sister, remained a spinster and concentrated on collecting fine jewelry throughout her life.  She amassed several jarfuls of jewelry but they could not be found at the time of her death.

    Tito Te Hizon was invariably described by his cousins — Tito Pablo “Pabling” Dayrit Panlilio, Tita Carmen “Mameng” Singian Lazatin, Tito Gerry Hizon Rodriguez, Tita Eloisa “Lisit” Paras Hizon-Gomez  —- as having inherited a large fortune in agricultural lands and commercial properties from his very rich parents.  I vividly remember the uberrich Tita Mameng Lazatin emphasizing:  “He had 400 hectares of sugar lands just outside the town.  400 hectares… of sugar!!!  And that was only one of his properties!!!”  Tito Gerry Rodriguez mentioned that “He had problems with the Huks… he could not get his harvests.”  Tito Te Hizon seemed to have been overwhelmed by life’s vicissitudes while his cousins were fortunate enough to preserve, and even increase, their inherited fortunes — several of which were actually far smaller than his own large inheritance.

    In the late 1990s, Tito Te Hizon’s wonderful children — Marichu, Terry, Trixie, Malou, and Greg — were very helpful in establishing the initial Collections of the “Museo De La Salle” at the De La Salle University Campus in Dasmarinas City, Cavite.  The “Museo De La Salle” — a reconstruction of a palatial 19th century “bahay na bato” and its splendid furnishings — is now widely regarded as one of the most important and most magnificent of Philippine museums.   

    I strongly sensed that the former residence of your grandparents — Luis Wenceslao Dison y Lazatin and Felisa Hizon y Singian — now the Archdiocesan Chancery, had to be the work of an important architect, and I should have known from first sight that it was a work of the prominent Pampango Architect Fernando H. Ocampo.  It is a beautiful and elegant house.  Architect Ocampo was also responsible for the slight modernization of “Bale Tisa” [ Pre or PostWar? ] which involved the transformation of the front part of the “Sala” to a balcony, among other minor alterations.  His renovations at “Bale Tisa” were elegant, but given the current passion for architectural stylistic purity, it would have been preferable if he strictly preserved the original plan and design lexicon of the 1870 mansion.

    He was also a son of Dr. Basilio Ocampo and Leoncia Hizon y Singian and a brother of Aurea Ocampo de Escaler “Impung Auring.”  He was the father of interior decorator “Pandot” Ocampo, wasn’t he?      

    Wow… a Hizon-Singian Clan Reunion on 18 November 2006, Saturday.  That will be a cast of… thousands!!!   🙂

    So those were the Ocampo-Hizon sisters:  Aurea “Auring,” Victorina “Victoring,” Rosario “Charing,” and “Purita.”  We were told that much of the 19th century furniture in the Ocampo-Hizon residence had already been brought to the Urdaneta Village residence of Purita Ocampo-Gamboa.

    Your father had twin sisters, Gloria Connaly Barredo and Josephine Connaly Arrastia, and a handsome actor brother, Fred Cortes.  The Arrastia are a Spanish mestizo family from Floridablanca [ or the Floridablanca-Porac-Guagua area ], right?  It seems that your family is a goodlooking Capampangan brood, which means that the ladies do not look like large, oily “ensaimadas” and the men do not look like bloated Buddhas, the Capampangan prototypes.  

    By the way, you haven’t mentioned the names of your parents.   🙂 

    All this talk about Family is dizzying… but incredibly interesting!!!   🙂   🙂   🙂  

    Toto Gonzalez

  129. LOUIE DISON WEST said,

    October 27, 2006 at 3:34 pm

    Toto,
    I forgot to tell you that the chancery was built by the renowned Fernando
    Hizon Ocampo, son of Dr. Basilio and Leoncia. His daughter Piluchi just
    called me a week ago asking for old pictures of the Hizon – Dison clan
    as they are having a Hizon – Singian reunion on th 18th of November.
    I wish I could be there for that momentous occasion but I am so far away.
    I live in Fairfield, CA. Yes, Imang Auring and Imang Victoring are sisters and
    also Imang Charing Ocampo and Imang Purita O. Gamboa who recently passed away. My father has twin sisters, Gloria and Josephine Connaly who were always in the society pages many years ago. Gloria married Manoling
    Barredo who owned Fabar Inc. and Josephine married Francisco Arrastia.
    My father also had a brother who became a movie actor in the 1940’s.
    He was with LVN and his name was Fred Cortes.Very handsome man.

  130. LOUIE DISON WEST said,

    October 27, 2006 at 2:23 pm

    Toto,
    Anacleto Hizon and Victoria Singian had 8 children. Francisco was the eldest who married Trinidad Limson and were childless. Francisco was one of the incorporators of PASUDECO together with your grandfather. Next was Luisa,
    who married her first cousin Joaquin Singian, brother of Lola Encarnacion Singian Lazatin. They were also childless.Then there was Florentino who married a Henson. He was Te’s grandfather. Leoncia married Dr. Basilio Ocampo. Maria was single and all her assets went to Augusto Hizon, whose
    house is close to the “bale tisa”. Then came Ramon who had about 12 children. One of them was Rodolfo who was mayor and vice governor.
    My grandmother was next and the youngest was Lola Toreng.
    Lolo Luis’ father was Felix Dison. He was also a Don and was an only child too. Yes, Anacleto and Graciana were siblings. My mother and Imang
    Auring are first cousins. I was able to get a hold of the Hizon tree and
    it has around 400 pages. I got it from Robby Tantingco who works at
    the Holy Angel University.  Also, Ivan Henares is writing a book on the oldest families of San Fernando. I remember going to Dr. Vicente Hizon’s house
    and it was a big house. Te was the only child and inherited a lot from
    his parents. They say that he mismanaged the wealth and when he died,
    he almost had nothing. Hope to hear from you again as this is becoming
    very informative.  Rgds.
    Louie

  131. October 26, 2006 at 10:06 am

    Louie:

    Thank you for the very interesting information!

    I’m synthesizing some data… Your grandmother Felisa Hizon y Singian married Luis Wenceslao Dison y Lazatin.  She was a [ younger? ] sister of Victoria Hizon y Singian [ “Impung Toreng” ], who married Godofredo Rodriguez y Yabut [ “Incung Godong” ] of Bacolor.  They were the daughters of Anacleto Hizon and Victoria Singian de Miranda, who built the 1870 “Bale Tisa” in San Fernando.

    Was your grandfather Luis Wenceslao Dison y Lazatin descended from the uberrich Celestino Dizon of San Fernando?  He lived in an enormous “bahay na bato” near the Hizon-Singian “Bale Tisa” and the property is now the Victory Liner terminal.  San Fernando and Bacolor grande dames recalled with awe that his daughter *beep* was an avid gambler, and that the trunk of her Cadillac was filled with the “TCTs” Transfer Certificates of Title with which she settled her gambling debts.     

    Given that your grandmother Felisa Hizon de Dison and Jose Leoncio “Pitong” de Leon y Hizon were first cousins, then it would follow that Anacleto Hizon was a [ older or younger? ] brother of Jose’s mother Graciana Hizon who married Damaso de Leon…

    Is it your mother or grandmother who is a first cousin of Aurea Ocampo de Escaler [ “Impung Auring” ]? 

    Dr. Basilio Ocampo and Leoncia Hizon were the parents of Aurea “Auring” Ocampo y Hizon who married Jose “Pepe” Escaler y Sioco of Sulipan, Apalit.  The spinster Victorina Ocampo y Hizon was Aurea’s sister, right?  Twenty years ago, She told us that their home — the Ocampo-Hizon residence to the left of the Hizon-Singian “Bale Tisa” — was the original Hizon house from Malabon that was transferred to San Fernando.  The stairway and balcony in front were additions made during its reconstruction in Pampanga.  Its broad and lowish style of construction confirmed that it was an older house [ 1800s – 1830s ] compared to the much-grander “Bale Tisa.”

    Were Anacleto Hizon, Graciana Hizon de de Leon, Dona Leoncia Hizon de Ocampo all siblings?

    It is interesting to know that the David family also had a foothold in 1800s Mexico town, Pampanga.  I thought that it was the domain of the Hizon, Henson, Lazatin, Panlilio, Cunanan, and de Leon [ the brothers who engaged in a duel ] Clans.  I always thought that the David were originally from Guagua.  In fact, the richest family in Guagua at the present is still a branch of the David Clan, the owners of the “House of David.”      

    The 1870 Hizon-Singian “Bale Tisa” is one of the most magnificent “bahay na bato” in all of Pampanga.  Our province and our people are so fortunate that it still exists and is very well-maintained by the family of Gerry Hizon Rodriguez.  Its elegant Neoclassical architecture and detailed interiors are closer in style to the imposing, 1850s – 1910s Manila mansions of the Paterno, Tuason, Legarda, Prieto, Valdes, Zaragoza, and Araneta families along Calle San Sebastian [ present day R. Hidalgo Street in Quiapo ] than the equally large but provincial style manses of most of the Pampanga aristocracy. 

    What a small world…  Your grandmother Felisa Hizon de Dison was a sister of Victoria Hizon de Rodriguez [ “Impung Toreng” ].  My paternal great grandmother Florencia Sioco [ y Rodriguez ] de Gonzalez [ “Impung Eciang” o 1860 – + 1925 ] was a [ half ] first cousin of Godofredo Rodriguez y Yabut [ “Incung Godong” ] through the Rodriguez patriarch Olegario Rodriguez [ “Incung Luga” + 1874 ] of Bacolor, who married 1 ] Escolastica Tuason y Pamintuan [ “Impung Culasa” + 1850 ] [ ancestress of the Escaler, Gonzalez, and Santos { Prudential Bank } Clans ] and 2 ] Jacoba Bautista [ “Impung Cobang” + 1874 ] [ ancestress of the Bacolor and San Fernando Rodriguez  and of the Sibal { Alemar’s } ].  Florencia’s mother Matea Rodriguez [ y Tuason ] de Sioco, de Arnedo Cruz [ o 1834 – + 1918 ] and Godofredo’s father Jose Rodriguez y Bautista were half-siblings.  My grandfather Augusto “Bosto” Gonzalez y Sioco [ o 1887 – + 1939 ] was a [ half ] second cousin of [ Tito ] Gerry Rodriguez y Hizon.  I am very fond of “Imang” Beatriz Rodriguez [ now 96 years old; born 1910 ] who, like “Incung Godong,” is also a [ half ] first cousin of my paternal great grandmother Florencia “Eciang” Sioco de Gonzalez.  I like my Rodriguez relatives a lot and always join them for the informal Rodriguez Clan Reunion Dinner every Holy Wednesday, when the revered family image of the “Misericordia” [ The Crucified Christ ] is brought out for the Bacolor procession.

    Your grandparents’ former residence is one of the most elegant of the mid-century mansions in Pampanga.  Who was the architect?  The generosity of your Dison-Hizon grandparents is legendary and is always acknowledged by the Archdiocese of San Fernando. 

    As someone born in 1967, I never fully understood the effects of the Hukbalahap movement on landowning Pampango families.  Our bigger “haciendas” were in Nueva Ecija, and I remember being told that our Ilocano “personeros” and “encargados” were instructed to negotiate and reach compromises with the Hukbalahap representatives.  One such tough farm manager, who was also a “hacendero,” was the macho Spanish mestizo, Mr. Carino, who lived in a large wooden house with his several mistresses and numerous children.  He was the father of “Mommy” Eva Carino, the mother of the popular actor Robin Padilla.  The hardy and crafty Ilocano “personeros” and “encargados” always knew their way around the landlords and were verified experts on getting their own way at the “haciendas.”  Using the same techniques they used on the landlords, the tough and wily Ilocano managers negotiated with their rebel counterparts [ who were Ilocanos as well and in some cases, relatives ] and emerged practically undisturbed:  the Huks received token contributions but the tenants — specially the tenants — and the landlords, got their accustomed portions of the rice harvests.

    Tito Gerry Rodriguez and Tito Jess Lazatin — two of San Fernando’s best businessmen — told me that they had squarely confronted the Hukbalahap representatives themselves, negotiated firmly, and reached effective compromises regarding the harvests of their agricultural lands.

    Tito Gerry Rodriguez related that the tenants themselves were not willing to surrender their hard-earned portions of the harvests to the Huks, so they were only too willing to resist the demands of the rebels, in their own way… 

    However, not all Pampango landowners were as bold or as fortunate.  The affluent but unfortunate Tito Te Hizon owned a fertile 400 hectare “hacienda” planted to sugar cane just on the outskirts of San Fernando town — just one among the several “haciendas” that he inherited from his very rich parents.  But during the height of the Hukbalahap insurgency, he could not access even one picul of sugar from that “hacienda.”      

    Toto Gonzalez

  132. LOUIE DISON WEST said,

    October 25, 2006 at 1:26 pm

    Toto,
    My grandfather’s name was Luis Wenceslao Dison. He was an only child of
    Felix Dison and Isidra Lazatin. My grandmothers parents were Anacleto Hizon
    and Victoria Singian De Miranda. Felix Dison was the one who changed their
    name from a Z to an S. Hizon is still with a Z.The Hizons were originally from
    Malabon. The Pampanga side was due to the 2 brothers Vicente and Felipe
    who were traders and rode a “casco” from Malabon to Mexico town. Vicente
    married Paula David and Felipe married the other sister Ana. The David
    family were among the richest families in Mexico during that time.
    My great grandfather Anacleto was the first Hizon to settle in San Fernando.
    His house which was built in 1870 was inherited by Lola Toreng Rodriguez,
    my Lola’s sister. It then was given to Tito Gerry Rodriguez, who passed away
    a couple of years ago. My grandparents house was sold to the catholic church
    and is now the Chancery. My Lola got a lot of death threats (huks) that is
    why he sold the house at a loss. It was almost like a donation. The huks were
    going to burn the house and kill the whole family. So, the family moved to
    Quezon City. Soon after, my grandparents farm manager in their Capas
    farm was killed by the huks. He sustained so many bullet wounds that part
    of his brain ended up on the ceiling of his home. A few years after that another farm manager at their farm in Arayat was also killed. He was at the cemetery watering the plants at my grandfathers tomb when he got shot
    all over his body.
    I should end this now before I get too carried away. Hope to hear from you
    soon as I am very interested in Pampanga’s history and its people.

  133. October 24, 2006 at 6:52 am

    Louie:

    Thank you for liking the stories in my silly blog. 🙂

    You have an impressive ancestry: you are a Hizon and a Dizon. The Hizon are originally from Mexico, Pampanga and are one of the three oldest families in the province [ the other two being the Henson and the Lazatin ]. The Dizon are originally from Santa Ana, Pampanga and are a very old family as well.

    Is there any special reason why you spell Hizon and Dizon with an “s”? 🙂

    Who was your grandfather? Who let out the “contract” on him? Was it the same group behind the assassinations of Jose Leoncio de Leon, Augusto Gonzalez [ my grandfather ], and Captain Julian Olivas at the PASUDECO? My family experienced the same threats after 12 July 1939.

    Please send me your family tree [ up to your grandparents ] so we can upload it to the Pampanga genealogical database.

    As a researcher allied with the [ Juan D. Nepomuceno ] Center for Kapampangan Studies [ at the Holy Angel University in Angeles City ] I am interested in all the stories of Pampango families. Thank you for sharing a bit of yours.

    Toto Gonzalez

  134. LOUIE DISON WEST said,

    October 23, 2006 at 10:19 pm

    Agree. Don Peping and Jorge visited my sick grandmother Felisa Hizon Dison
    in 1969. I will never forget them as they were so nice to me. My Lola Felisa
    and Don Pitong were first cousins. My grandfather and Don Peping were best friends and he was secretary-treasurer of PASUDECO when my lolo passed away. My lolo was supposed to be at that fateful day when de Leon and
    Gonzalez were killed. He did not go to Pampanga but instead watched a movie at the Escolta. The constabulary picked him up at the movie house
    and hid him because there was a contract out on him. He and his family then
    fled to Davao for 6 months. Just to let you know that I love your stories.
    Auring Ocampo Escaler is my mother’s first cousin.  Rgds.


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